The BCHC was invited by the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services in the BC Legislature to make a presentation regarding the Budget 2023 Consultation. In our presentation and subsequent written submission, we highlighted the following three recommendations for the upcoming annual provincial budget.
The budget next year should:
- Hold private operators of long-term care homes accountable for the funding they receive and ensure all new capital investments are publicly or not-for profit operated.
- Improve access to publicly funded home care by eliminating current regulated daily rate co-payments and by addressing the staffing crisis with higher wages and guaranteed hours of work.
- Address the primary health care access crisis by investing in Community Health Centres that offer comprehensive, longitudinal team based primary health care.
Without incorporating these three recommendations, we believe a 2023 budget will leave British Columbians ill-prepared to address our health needs. For more details, you can view our full submission here.