Health care

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B.C.’s Health Human Resources Strategy

Putting People First

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This plan builds on our progress to deliver better health care for everyone in B.C. It lays out a plan to build a stronger health care workforce and deliver better services for people and families.

How B.C. will build a stronger health care workforce

Helping more nurses practice in B.C., faster.

Too many barriers have prevented many nurses from entering or returning to work in the health care system. Removing these obstacles means more nurses can work in the field they love, and people in B.C. can get better access to the health care they deserve.

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A new B.C. medical school.

Establishing a new medical school at SFU will allow B.C. to attract and train more future doctors to work in the health-care system.

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More internationally trained family doctors working sooner.

Supporting three times more family physicians trained outside of Canada to work in B.C.’s health-care system, faster, and creating a new associate physician role to provide immediate solutions for people accessing health-care services.

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Train more doctors.

Making sure B.C. has more family doctors and specialists in the long-term by increasing spots for future doctors at UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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Train more health care workers on the job.

Providing the next generation of health care workers support to learn and earn at the same time. This means more people get access to health care, while workers grow their careers.

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Providing a new family physician compensation model, that supports primary care needs.

Making sure people can get the care they need from a family doctor, by helping with the cost of running new and existing practices.

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Expand the scope of practice for pharmacists, paramedics and first responders.

Pharmacists, paramedics and first responders will have expanded roles. Pharmacists will be able to refill some medication. This means shorter wait-times at walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

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Free education to become a health care assistant.

Tuition support for students in high-priority health care fields helps build a futureclass="btn" workforce, while allowing more students to start their careers with less debt.

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Develop a pool of travel-ready nurses.

A team of nurses who can travel into rural/remote communities means people can get access to health care without travelling long distances.

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Reform the health care system to make it culturally safer.

More equitable access to health care to improve health outcomes. This means better training and education, so we can build a culturally safer system of care for everyone in B.C.

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Recognize credentials for foreign-trained health care workers.

Making sure internationally educated health care workers who live in B.C. can work in their field. This means thousands of foreign-trained health care workers can help deliver the health care services people need.

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Growing our health care workforce

Growing, recruiting and retaining health care workers is essential to meeting the health care needs of people in B.C. Bringing almost 4,000 hospital employees back into the public system will help people get more stable, consistent and supportive patient care.

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How B.C. is delivering better health care services

Streamlining health care services.

Reducing wait times for surgeries, increasing availability of MRI’s and cancer screening services, and providing faster results. This means people will get the care and treatment they need, quickly.

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Providing quality care for seniors.

Continuing to support people living in long-term care and assisted living homes means keeping them safe, while also increasing the number of care aides and community care providers delivering home care to seniors.

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Building paths to recovery for people struggling with substance use.

Improved quality of care in treatment and recovery services for youth and adults. This means people experiencing mental-health and substance-use challenges will be able to better access the help they need, faster.

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Investing in hospitals, clinics and post-secondary institutions.

Investing in new clinics, long-term care beds and hospitals throughout the province. This means improved and increased access to health services for people all around the province.

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Improving mental health supports for everyone.

New care centres for youth, culturally safe programs for Indigenous Peoples, more virtual supports, expanded substance-use and harm-reduction services. This means when people are in a mental-health crisis, they need the best possible care as quickly as possible.

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Building the health care systems people need now.

New primary care networks and Urgent and Primary Care Centres throughout B.C. are helping connect people to the primary care they need in their communities, while taking pressure off of walk-in clinics and emergency rooms.

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