The Ministry of Health
is a provincial government department responsible for British Columbia
's health system, with a mandate to guide and enhance the province's health services to ensure British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and improve their health.
Its annual budget (2007/08) is about $13 billion. The Ministry leads and manages health programs such as the Medical Services Plan
(physician services), (prescription drug coverage) for BC residents. The majority of direct health services are delivered through partnerships with health authorities, physicians
and other health professionals. The ministry works with five regional health authorities (Fraser Health
, Interior Health
, Northern Health
, Vancouver Coastal Health
and Vancouver Island Health Authority
) and one province-wide health authority (the Provincial Health Services Authority
) which is responsible specialized health services.
The BC Ambulance Service
and the BC NurseLine
telephone triage service are independent agents of the Emergency Health Services Commission which reports to government through the ministry.
The is an independent officer with a focus on public and population health who reports to government through the ministry.
As of March 2011, the Minister of Health is Mike de Jong
During the first term of the Gordon Campbell
government, a separate Ministry of Health Planning was created (led by Sindi Hawkins
) but that ministry was later merged back into the main ministry.... Read More