We need funding reform in long-term care to ensure public funds are used for care, not profit!
Minister Dix and the BC government have taken valuable and important steps to improve the long-term care sector in BC, including investing in 1,154 new publicly owned and operated long-term care beds. They have committed to developing a provincial funding model "that ensures greater accountability” in the contracted sector and ensures taxpayer dollars intended for direct care are spent on care, not profit.
Through the Coalition's #BetterCareForSeniors postcard action, almost 2,000 seniors, their families, and advocates for long-term care across the province sent physical postcards to Minister Dix calling for this work to happen in the next few months.
Our team has learned that the Ministry of Health is taking a concerning approach that could embed for-profit interests in its new long-term care funding model by contracting a private sector consultant to help create and implement the new funding model. Read our update on this development here.
That's why supporters of funding reform joined together in this postcard action to call Minister of Health Adrian Dix to fulfill his promise to bring in a new funding model that improves accuracy and transparency of reporting and ensures public funds intended for care are spent on care, not profits.