What's the government doing to support primary health care?
Activities of the BC government around primary health care include the following:
- BC's Primary Health Care Charter was launched in May 2007. Its goals include making sure that more British Columbians have their own family doctor, ensuring that patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or hypertension are better managed, and reducing pressures on acute care (hospitals).
- The General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) (a partnership between the BC Medical Association and the BC Ministry of Health Services) is developing an attachment initiative to ensure that everyone in BC who wants their own family doctor will be able to have one.
- The BC government is funding provincial health authorities, including Northern Health, to integrate services around the primary care home.
- The Family Practice Incentive Program, an initiative of the GPSC, supports family doctors in providing guideline-based care in areas including chronic disease management, maternity care, mental health, and care for the frail and elderly.
- The Practice Support Program (PSP), an initiative of the GPSC and ImpactBC, was launched in 2007 with two goals: to improve patient care in BC and to increase job satisfaction for family doctors.
- The BC government is support a focus on quality improvement through Impact BC and the BC Patient Safety & Quality Council