Equitable Access to Health Services in Rural BC



Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive


WHEREAS the matters of sustained, accessible health services reflective of the needs of rural and remote communities have been raised through numerous resolutions over the past thirty years and where the Provincial responses highlight unsuccessful and inadequate Provincial Programs;


AND WHEREAS existing services in rural and remote communities continue to decline, while communities remain removed from the planning and administration of health services in their areas;


AND WHEREAS regionalization of health service delivery is in an ongoing pursuit of both the Regional Health Authorities and the Province of BC moving the planning and delivery of services further away from rural and remote communities;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of BC acknowledge that the challenges related to rural and remote health services persist and for many have continued to deteriorate over the past thirty years;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of BC immediately recognize the highest priority of keeping residents in their communities with equitable access to health services and with adequate funding to support that model;


AND THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that when medical travel is absolutely necessary for services not available at home, the Province of BC provide rural and remote residents with financial relief.




North Central Local Government Association