The COVID-19 pandemic has made evident the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. Now more than ever, we need a universal, public health care system that puts patients before profits, that prioritizes the health of everyone living in Canada and that honours and respects the principles of the Canada Health Act. We must renew our commitment to a system based on the shared belief that health care is a human right. With this context in mind, the BC Health Coalition made a submission to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services regarding the Budget 2021 Consultation with three priorities:
- Removing the profit motive from the seniors care system in B.C.
- Clearing the surgical backlog with public solutions
- Creating and supporting Community Health Centres