Bc Health Care

B.C.'s Mental Health Act Must Be Changed

Sarah E. Leamon | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah E. Leamon

Under the Mental Health Act, any person who is involuntarily detained at a facility for mental health reasons lacks the ability to consent, or deny consent, to any medical treatment. In other words, they are deemed to consent to all psychiatric treatment, so long as it is authorized by a director appointed by the health authority. It also denies them the ability to designate and appoint a substitute decision maker on their behalf, such as a spouse or a parent.

We Shouldn't Be Celebrating The B.C. Liberal Government's $1.7-Billion Surplus

Sarah Miller | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

They have closed 24 out of 68 courthouses, 10 jails, 176 schools and 85 per cent of legal aid offices. It's really not hard to see where all the extra money came from.

Complaining Got Me Kicked Off Kidney Transplant List: B.C. Mom

CBC | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"They said if I kept making noise, they would drag me into the mental-health ward and diagnose me as having mental illness."

It's Time To Rethink B.C.'s Medical Services Plan Tax

Andrew Weaver | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

Overhauling our current, regressive approach would be a positive step in addressing poverty and income inequality, and ensuring a sustainable health care system for now, and future generations.

B.C.'s $1-Billion Investment Fails To Improve Primary Health Care

Kimberlyn McGrail | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kimberlyn McGrail

Since 2006, British Columbia has spent more than $1 billion to improve primary health care. So have B.C. patients benefited from such a massive investment? Sadly, it appears not.

B.C. Health Worker Refused Flu Shot AND Mask Fired

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. health-care employee who refused to get a flu shot or wear a mask was fired for failing to follow a government policy.Interior Heal...

Health-Care Workers Deal Ratified

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The association representing more than 16,000 health care workers in British Columbia has ratified a deal that gives members a 5.5 per cen...

Cut This, Cut That, Cut This Too

CBC | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The latest round of B.C. budget cuts tabled yesterday will lead to more cuts to health care services and new user fees, according to the union that re...

Health Care Silences B.C. Politicians

CP | Keven Drews, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Nobody should be surprised the province's politicians are skirting the issue of public-private health care during the election campaign, s...

'We Have Third-World Response Times Here'

CP | Cara McKenna, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.06.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Jackie Inyallie didn't have to die, her family says, in fact they add the 24-year-old woman's injuries should have been considered "non-li...

B.C. Budget Has Bad News For Doctors

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - The British Columbia government is girded for tough negotiations with its doctors, telling physicians it's time for them to do their part a...

Another Bitter Year Brewing For B.C. Taxpayers

Jordan Bateman | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jordan Bateman

Once the champagne is drunk, the noisemakers go silent, the balloons pop and the New Year's kisses end, 2013 will bring one nasty hangover for cash-strapped B.C. taxpayers. Taxes, fees and levies from all levels of government are set to go up, leaving even less of your hard-earned money in your pocket.

Burnaby Family's Hospital Bed Fight

CBC | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia

The B.C. New Democrats are joining the family of a former Burnaby city councillor to demand more long-term care beds for those with Alzheimer's diseas...

Doctors Join Fight For Private Health Care

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of B.C. anesthesiologists is asking to join a constitutional challenge of the province's ban on private health care, but they insi...

Overfilled B.C. Hospital Storing Patients In Lobby

CBC | Posted 03.04.2012 | Canada

Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., has suddenly become so overcrowded that it has set up beds in the building’s lobby and hallways. ...

B.C. To Lose $250M A Year Due To Health Transfer Payment Plan

CBC | Posted 02.19.2012 | Canada Politics

B.C. will lose as much as $250 million a year under the per capita health care funding formula being used by Ottawa because it doesn't take into accou...

B.C. Starts 8,000 Lawsuits Over Health Costs

Posted 07.23.2011 | Canada

VANCOUVER (CP) - It started with an innocent walk across the street. George Kripner was hit by a vehicle driven by an alleged drunk driver, setting...