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Improving Senior's Care

Everyone in B.C. deserves quality and accessible health care no matter their age, ability, income or health status.

When home and community care services, such as home support and residential care, are fully funded, well coordinated and accessible, they are a key part of care for people and reduce pressure on the more expensive primary and acute systems.

In countless consultations and studies, British Columbians have told our government that we expect that seniors and people with disabilities be treated with dignity and respect, and that the health care system be there for them when they need it. Despite this, the BC government has failed to act on many of the key recommendations to improve care.

The BCHC community works across the province to strengthen services for our elders and people with disabilities so that we can all live and age with dignity in B.C.

Home and Community Care saves money and saves lives

Campaign Updates & News

B.C. Budget won’t meet health care needs as expiry of health accord nears

More innovation required, say public health care advocates Victoria - The BC Health Coalition says that the 2014 budget is inadequate when it comes to taking the necessary steps toward improving the public system and ensuring its sustainability. "In an era of federal government health care cuts and abandonment of national standards, it is more important than ever for B.C. to take proactive measures to steward our public health care system properly," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget, which projects a reduction in real health care spending.…Read More

B.C. budget 2014: 'Boring, balanced budget' MSP premiums, tobacco tax to rise, while first-time homebuyers will get some help

By Jenni Sheppard, CBC News Posted: Feb 18, 2014 2:51 PM PT (excerpt)..."MSP premiums rise for 6th time: Medical Services Plan premiums will increase by four per cent, taking the cost for the average family up to $144 per month. Meanwhile, de Jong said, health-care spending will increase $2.5 billion over three years, and will account for 42 per cent of government expenses by 2016-17. "This is significantly less than would have been the case just a few years ago when health-care budgets were increasing by up to five per cent year on year.…Read More

Seniors’ advocate position weakened without independence

Coalition questions government's stewardship of seniors' care, points to little progress made on B.C. Ombudsperson's recommendations, no focus on seniors' care in 2013 budget Vancouver — The BC Health Coalition is expressing frustration that the seniors' advocate legislation tabled yesterday will not create an advocate that is independent of government. "Last year the Ministry of Health consulted seniors and other stakeholders on their priorities for an advocate position, and independence was a clear top priority," says BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner.…Read More

B.C. Budget shortsighted on seniors’ care, sustainability

Victoria — The BC Health Coalition says that the 2013 budget does not take the necessary steps toward improving seniors' care nor ensuring the long term sustainability of the public health care system. "B.C. needs a system that is there to care for our aging population, yet there is little evidence in this budget to suggest our government intends to take serious action on seniors' care," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget, which projects a reduction in real health care spending.…Read More

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