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The BC Health Coalition works to ensure that the case for a strong public health care system is front and centre in public discourse. Here are some news stories featuring comment from the BCHC. 

Letter: Hospital wait times are finally dropping. These are the next steps.

Editor: After years of government inaction on wait times for surgeries, British Columbians are starting to see some progress. One year ago, Premier John Horgan announced the province’s surgical strategy to shorten wait times.  The strategy includes steps the BC Health Coalition has been calling for, including putting our existing operating rooms to better use, reorganizing wait lists to be more efficient, and investing funding in priority surgeries. …Read More

Provincial government buys two Fraser Valley MRI clinics

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the purchase will boost Fraser Health's MRI capacities and reduce wait times for patients. CHERYL CHAN September 25, 2018 The B.C. government is buying two privately owned MRI clinics in the Fraser Valley in a bid to expand capacity and reduce waiting times in the public system. On Monday, Health Minister Adrian Dix announced Fraser Health will purchase Surrey MRI and Fraser Valley MRI Clinic in Abbotsford effective Oct. 1.…Read More

Letter: Supports crackdown on private clinics

Letter to the editor to Nelson Daily (Link to the letter here) To The Editor: I find it very disgusting that big business continues to manipulate public opinion with there ill gotten fortunes. Newspaper, T.V., social media campaigns, are easy for these mega-rich companies; and used to manipulate the general public. Health Care is particularly vulnerable to uncompassionate corporations who profit immensely on the backs of sick people.…Read More

LETTER: Universal health care mandatory, says Langley reader

Jay Chalkman applauds ‘crackdown’ on private clinics and ‘unlawful’ billing. (Link to Langley Advance here) Dear Editor, I support public health care and the B.C. government’s crackdown on private clinics and unlawful private fees in order to protect patients. The B.C. government’s recent announcement about protecting patients and public funds from unlawful billing in private, for-profit clinics is great news and a long-time coming.…Read More

B.C. imposes harsh fines on doublebilling for medical services

Katya Slepian/Columbia Valley Pioneer Practitioners could face fines of up to $20,000 The province is cracking down on medical practitioners doublebilling for services already covered by B.C.'s Medical Services Plan, introducing new fines worth tens of thousands of dollars. On Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix said the move brings into force outstanding sections of the 2003 Medicare Protection Amendment Act. Double billing is already illegal, Dix said, just not properly enforced.…Read More

Province targets long waits for MRIs

Canadian Press & Daily Courier Staff/ The Daily Courier (Kelowna) (see article HERE) B.C. is increasing the number of MRI exams that will be done across the province. Health Minister Adrian Dix says 37,000 more MRIs will be done by this time next year in the public health-care system.…Read More

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