At MVA's Provincial Accountability Assembly earlier this month, MVA delegates asked John Horgan and Andrew Weaver to build a strong foundation for healthcare in BC by improving access to and funding for primary health care facilities.
MVA asked the candidates to;
- Commit to establishing a primary health care partnership table, including representatives from Aboriginal and multicultural communities, to identify strategies to reform BC’s primary health care system.
- Work with the Metro Vancouver Alliance and the BC Association of Community Health Centres to develop an annualized global funding model for Community Health Centres in British Columbia that encompasses the package of salaried, team-based primary care, health promotion, disease prevention, community development initiatives and social services.
- Invest in 20 new community-governed, not-for-profit or cooperative Community Health Centres throughout British Columbia to provide more British Columbians access to primary health care when and where needed.
Both Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver agreed with MVA's proposals. The BC NDP has just reconfirmed that commitment in a letter to the British Columbia Association of Community Health Centres which is available here.
Regardless of who wins the upcoming provincial election, MVA looks forward to working together with the provincial party leaders to strengthen healthcare in BC.