Better health care

An effective public health response has put B.C. on the path to a strong economic recovery. To keep people safe and help put the pandemic behind us, we are supporting COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and the largest vaccine rollout in B.C.’s history. The next steps in our recovery plan keep people safe from COVID-19 today, while strengthening our health care system for tomorrow.

Investing in B.C.’s health care system 

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Protecting people from COVID-19

Helping to protect people from COVID-19 with $900 million to support testing, contact tracing and and the largest vaccine rollout in B.C.’s history.

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The largest investment in mental health in B.C.’s history

Supporting mental health and addictions services with $500 million -- the largest investment in B.C.’s history. That includes building a full spectrum of substance use treatment and recovery services, and 195 new substance use treatment and recovery beds, to help more people get on the path to recovery.

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Addressing racism in health care

We are working to address systemic racism in B.C.’s health care system through training and education and by prioritizing the hiring of a health care workforce that better represents B.C.’s diverse communities.

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New Urgent and Primary Care Centres

Bringing health care closer to home with more urgent and primary care centres (UPCC). Already 23 new UPCCs are currently open, with more on the way.

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3,000 new jobs as health care workers

Hiring an additional 3,000 people through the Health Care Access program, which trains and hires people in the health care system and targets people who were unemployed by other sectors in the pandemic.

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More mental health supports

Supporting B.C.’s young people by building a network of mental health supports in schools and by continuing to expand Foundry centres to more B.C. communities. We’re also adding integrated child and youth support teams in 15 school districts throughout B.C.

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Hospital at Home

Reducing the chance of transmission in B.C.’s hospitals and giving people quality care from the comfort of their home through the “Hospital at Home” program.

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Building new health facilities

Building critical health infrastructure like new urgent and primary care centres and a cancer centre in Surrey to give people better access to the services they need.

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Surgical Renewal Plan

Additional investments in B.C.’s extensive surgical renewal plan to accelerate the surgeries people need.

Better care for everyone: building on our progress

Urgent and Primary Care Centres

We’ve announced 23 and opened 20 new clinics all over B.C. to help take pressure off hospital emergency rooms. Open evenings, weekends and holidays, these clinics provide one-on-one health care with the support of a full medical team.

Hospitals

We’re replacing, expanding and building new hospitals all over B.C., including Surrey, the Cowichan Valley and Kamloops. That means people will get the urgent care they need, closer to home, with shorter wait times.

Seniors care

We’re fixing problems identified during COVID-19 by making changes like limiting workers to one facility. We’re continuing to support long-term care and assisted-living facilities with the ongoing costs of keeping staff and residents safe, and increasing the number of care aides and community care providers to deliver quality home care to seniors.

Primary care networks

We’ve launched 39 primary care networks throughout the province, and Budget 2021 investments will bring even more centres to communities. In a primary care network, doctors, nurses, specialists and counsellors all work together to give quality, patient-centred care.

Faster access to MRIs and cancer screening

We’re getting people better and faster access to diagnostic exams, like MRI and PET/CT scans, by adding new scanners and increasing the operating hours of existing scanners.

Substance use treatment and recovery

We’re helping more people get on the path to recovery with new treatment beds and investments in building a full spectrum of substance use treatment and recovery services.