BC United commits to a ‘Patient Bill of Rights’

June 26, 2024

VICTORIA, B.C. – Patients are at the centre of Kevin Falcon and BC United’s commitment to a Patient Bill of Rights, which will reduce wait times and connect people with healthcare faster by publicly funding treatments at existing private clinics in British Columbia.

The ‘United to Fix Healthcare’ Patient Bill of Rights announced today will give British Columbians a guarantee of transparency, accountability, and timely access to care.

“Patients and families are suffering from unacceptable wait times due to years of mismanagement and an ideology-driven healthcare system under the NDP. B.C.’s healthcare system is in complete disarray. The status quo simply is not working.” said Kevin Falcon, Leader of BC United.

“Our Patient Bill of Rights will expand capacity for patients currently on wait lists. It will immediately help the public system deliver certain treatments through private clinics, at no cost to patients, as well as give patients the ability to access their own health records. And, real accountability will be realized by transparently reporting how the government is meeting care standards” said Dr. Claudine Storness-Bliss, physician at Surrey Memorial Hospital and BC United candidate for Surrey-Cloverdale.

Key components of the BC United Patient Bill of Rights include:

  1. Publicly funded healthcare delivered at private facilities: If the public system leaves patients languishing on waitlists or forced to receive care in the United States, a BC United government will use existing private health providers in B.C., at no cost to patients, to deliver publicly funded care. This will help immediately reduce waitlists and ensure patients — not ideology — are at the centre of decision-making.
  2. Transparent access to your health records: Within two years, patients will easily be able to access their health records on their mobile devices.
  3. Specific healthcare performance targets: Patients will see how the healthcare system is performing through specific, measurable targets that are transparently reported on.

“By allowing publicly paid-for access to privately run clinics, at no cost to patients, we are offering immediate solutions to reduce wait times while beginning an expansion of the physical healthcare infrastructure of our province. In fact, the government already uses public funds to pay for procedures at private clinics for a variety of people, including WorkSafeBC clients and Canadian Armed Forces members.” added Shirley Bond, BC United Shadow Minister for Health, former Minister of Health and BC United candidate for Prince George-Valemount. “Providing access to health records and setting and reporting on specific, measurable targets will give patients more control over their care and importantly drive greater accountability for results,” said Bond.

BC United’s plan will enhance healthcare options within British Columbia itself, ensuring that public funds are utilized more effectively and benefit local services and communities. The Bill of Rights underscores the inconsistency in the current government’s stance, which already utilizes the use of private clinics in the U.S. and B.C. for many treatments, for professional athletes, WorkSafeBC clients, federal prisoners, and Canadian Forces members. These publicly funded services are delivered by private providers under the Canada Health Act.

“With today’s announcement, we are leading the way to a future where healthcare is more accessible, efficient, and patient-focused,” concluded Falcon. “Our plan embraces change and innovation and focuses entirely on improving results, while recognizing that the status quo for healthcare in British Columbia is failing healthcare providers and patients alike.”


Media Contact
Adam Wilson
Director of Communications, BC United


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