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Advocate for Innovative Solutions

We need to strengthen and improve our public health care system so that everyone has access to the quality care that they need.

In relation to the Day case we're advocating....

Public solutions to wait times. Dr. Brian Day thinks charging people for health care would shorten wait times but evidence shows that an increase in for-profit care means most people actually wait longer. B.C. needs public solutions that improve health care for everyone, not just the privileged few. 

Public wait time solutions could include:

Maximizing the use of public operating rooms.

Eighteen per cent of public hospital operating rooms are not regularly staffed, primarily because of inadequate funding. No operating rooms have extended hours. Doctors of BC – and even the BC government – have stated that existing public sector capacity should be fully utilized.

Adopting a “first surgeon available” model

Wait times vary widely across surgeons and specialty areas. BC should move to centralized management of these waitlists to allow patients to see the first available specialist or surgeon. The implementation of a “first available surgeon” model does not prevent patients from seeing their preferred specialist.

Improving access to home and community care

Better access to affordable, high quality home and community-based care, especially for seniors, will reduce hospital bed shortages, cancellations of elective surgeries and, ultimately, wait times for all patients.

Expand multi-disciplinary team-based surgical pathway clinics

A multi-disciplinary team-based approach to surgical care helps better prepare patients for surgery with a focus on maintaining their health status, which may result in reduced hospital surgery cancellations, shorter wait times, more efficient use of existing capacity and lower costs per surgical case.

 

In the Federal Election we Pushed all of the Federal Parties to ...

Negotiate a New Health Accord and Restore Funding to the Provinces

We want federal parties to commit to strengthen health care that’s based on need rather than ability to pay – negotiating a new health accord and restoring funding to the provinces is an important first step

Invest in a National Seniors Care Strategy

We want federal parties to invest in a national seniors care strategy – so that seniors receive the care they need in their homes and communities, and are supported to live healthy lives.

Implement Universal Pharmacare

We want the federal government to implement a national pharmacare plan so that everyone has equitable, affordable, sustainable access to the medications they need to stay healthy.

Restore Health Care for Refugees

We want federal parties to commit to restoring health care for refugees – those who come to this country seeking safety should not be prevented from accessing care.

Implement a National Plan to Eliminate Poverty

We want federal parties to keep Canadians healthy by investing in a national plan to eliminate poverty.