Premier John Horgan and Minister of Health Adrian Dix recently announced the BC government’s new vision for an integrated system of primary care across the province. The strategy, which will focus on team-based primary care that connects a range of specialized and standard services within the community, will include funding for up to 200 general / family practitioner and 200 nurse practitioner positions for this new team-based model.
HEABC, including Health Match BC and Physician Services, have been working closely with the Ministry of Health developing a strategy for recruiting and contracting these 200 family practitioners and 200 nurse practitioners over the next three years. On August 22nd, Health Match BC rolled out a marketing campaign and began collecting expressions of interest from physicians and nurse practitioners interested to work in this new model of care. The Ministry and HEABC are also developing the service contract templates in consultation with the Doctors of BC and discussions with the BC Nurse Practitioner Association.