Better health care

An effective public health response has put B.C. on the path to a strong economic recovery. To keep people safe, we brought in COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and clear public health guidelines. The next steps in our recovery plan deliver more services people need – like thousands of new health care workers, more mental health supports and a new ‘Hospital at Home’ program.

Investing in B.C.’s health care system 

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600 new contact tracers

Hiring 600 people to help follow up with everyone who has tested positive or been exposed to COVID-19, to stop further spread. This means new jobs for people and safer communities for everyone.

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7000 new jobs as health care workers

Hiring 7000 people who have been hard hit by the pandemic — like hospitality workers — and giving them free training. This means better care for people in our long-term care and assisted living facilities.

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More mental health supports

Increasing workplace mental health supports and new suicide prevention initiatives for youth and post-secondary students.

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Hospital at Home

Launching a new “Hospital at Home” program to reduce the chance of transmission in B.C.’s hospitals and give people quality care from the comfort of their home.

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Building new health facilities

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

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More flu vaccines

Adding 450,000 influenza vaccine doses for a total of 2 million doses to keep more people safe and healthy and reduce the strain on our health-care system.

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Surgical Renewal Plan

Launching an extensive surgical renewal plan that includes adding new capacity and hiring and training staff. So far, 66% of surgeries that were postponed due to the pandemic have been completed, and 904 more surgeries were performed than in the same time frame last year.

Better care for everyone: building on our progress

Urgent and Primary Care Centres

We’ve opened 19 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. That means people will get the urgent care they need, closer to home, with shorter wait times.

Seniors Care

We’re fixing problems in long-term care by making changes like limiting workers to one facility. We’ve invested over $1 billion dollars in primary care, home health, long-term care, assisted living, and respite services, to keep seniors safe and living in dignity.

Primary care networks

We’ve launched 39 primary care networks throughout the province. In a primary care network, doctors, nurses, specialists, and counsellors all work together to give quality, patient-centered, 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.