Healthcare

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Acute and preventive care

BC Greens

Establish a task force to develop a plan to transition the balance of resources between acute care and preventive care.

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COVID-19 Vaccine

BC NDP

When they are approved and available, anyone who wants the vaccine will receive it for free.

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Cancer

BC NDP

  • Commit that all cancer care patients get information and care when they need it, including in rural communities.
  • Provide more individualized care.
  • Invest in new equipment, systems, and procedures.
  • Expand enhanced research and diagnostic capabilities.

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Care homes & assisted living

BC NDP

  • Hire 7,000 new workers for long-term care and assisted living.
  • Restore standards for wages, benefits, and working conditions.
  • Build more public care homes.
  • Require transparency from private operators.
  • Launch a Silver Alert system to help locate missing seniors.

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BC Liberals

  • Invest an additional $1 billion over 5 years in new long-term care facilities.
  • Work towards private rooms for all seniors in long-term care who want them.
  • Work with care home operators to address chronic worker shortages.

BC Greens

  • Shift sector away from for-profit private companies, to a mix of public, not-for-profit, community-based services, & co-ops.
  • Require annual inspections, financial statements, & audited expense reports.
  • Recognize caregivers as a healthcare profession with the salary they deserve.

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Care homes and COVID-19

BC Liberals

  • Launch an independent review of the response to COVID-19 in long-term care and assisted living homes.
  • Implement measures to allow family to safely visit seniors in long-term care, assisted, and independent living during COVID-19.
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Contraception

BC NDP

Make contraception free for all.
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BC Greens

Make contraceptive products free for those under 25 and remove PST on all contraceptive products.
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Healthcare staffing

BC NDP

  • Launch a second medical school to expand health care workforce.
  • Create a comprehensive health care human resources strategy including credential recognition.

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BC Liberals

  • Increase training spaces for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals.
  • Expand opportunities for international graduates in health professions.
  • Work to attract health professionals to under-serviced areas.
  • Ensure all workers experience a violence-free workplace.
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BC Greens

  • Consult with physicians and other stakeholders to improve efficiency, reduce administration, and incentivise becoming a General Practitioner.
  • Work with the College of Physicians and Surgeons to create a pathway for qualified foreign-trained physicians to practice in BC.
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Health infrastructure

BC Liberals

  • Upgrade and expand emergency rooms, mental health beds, and primary care clinics.
  • Complete new Surrey Hospital, new acute care tower for Richmond Hospital, Mills Memorial Hospital, and the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment.
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Homecare

BC NDP

  • Invest in a new Hospital at Home programme.
  • Expand publicly funded home care to provide better care and help with daily living.

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BC Liberals

  • Implement a tax credit for seniors of up to $7,000/year for up to $20,0000 of homecare, housekeeping, and home repairs.
  • Expand programmes to assist seniors and people with disabilities with home renos.
  • Reinstate the Home Adaptions for Independence grant programme.
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Inclusiveness

BC Liberals

Work to eliminate systemic racism and unconscious bias across the healthcare system, and to ensure services equitable and accessible for all.
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BC Greens

Advance cultural competency training for existing healthcare practitioners and support training of new Indigenous doctors while prioritizing opportunities to expand public healthcare services within communities, as lead by Indigenous leadership.
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Pandemic response

BC Liberals

Establish an emergency Pandemic Response Committee to work with all parties and the Provincial Health Officer to manage the current and future pandemics.
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Prescription drugs

BC NDP

  • Fight for a national pharmacare programme.
  • Make prescription contraception free.
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BC Liberals

Implement a provincial prescription drug monitoring programme to prevent addiction with early referrals and specialist care and treatment options.
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BC Greens

Develop a proposal to implement an essential drugs programme beginning in 2022, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.
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Sexual assault

BC Liberals

Increase number of nurses in BC hospitals trained to conduct medical and forensic exams for sexual assaults.
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BC Greens

Establish permanent core funding for the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

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Vaccinations

BC NDP

Invest in 2 million doses of flu vaccines.

BC Liberals

Make the flu vaccine free for all British Columbians.
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Wait-times

BC NDP

  • Optimize surgical and diagnostic space.
  • Add four more MRI machines in the next year.
  • Provide the hospital needed staff to perform more surgeries and other procedures.

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BC Liberals

  • Improve Ambulance Service response-times, especially in rural communities.
  • Increase online booking of medical appointments.
  • Improve public reporting of wait-times.
  • Accelerate adoption of virtual medical consultations.
  • Expand online prescription-renewals, optional home delivery.
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