The BC Health Coalition joined over 25 organizations in writing a letter to the Medical Services Commission calling for an end to the three month wait period for health coverage to people arriving or returning from outside of Canada. This exclusionary wait period prevents new immigrants, temporary foreign workers, returning Canadians and even some newborn Canadian babies from receiving health care coverage.
There are no medical reasons to support keeping the wait period and many medical and public health reasons to support its removal. Eliminating the wait period would ensure that new or returning BC residents are able to access timely care, and that physicians and hospitals are fairly and promptly compensated for services rendered. This is especially important in light of the current public health situation as we try to control the spread and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. We know that in this urgent situation, is especially important that all patients are able to access health care when they need it, and that it is feasible for doctors to be able to take care of them.