Public solutions for public healthcare

For this 2020 provincial election, we need your help to commit candidates to using public solution to improve our public health care system. Below are some key questions you can ask candidates during the election:

1. Will you commit to scaling up proven public system improvements to deal with our surgical backlog and wait lists including:

  • optimizing public hospital capacity before contracting out procedures to for-profit clinics
  • scaling up the five hip and knee central intake and team-based rapid access clinics, announced in 2018
  • increasing OR efficiencies like the Richmond Hip and Knee Reconstruction Project by improving the scheduling of surgeries and recovery beds
  • streamlining waitlists by moving them from individual surgeons’ offices to centralized health authority waitlists; and,
  • improving access to seniors’ home and community care, which can reduce hospital use?


2. Given the availability of fee-for-service COVID-19 testing, will you commit to ensuring that COVID-19 testing remains a public service available to all when they need it?


Background: Activating public solutions to improve our health care system


We know public health care is not only equitable, it also offers better quality, more efficient and cost-effective care. Nothing has made this more clear than COVID-19: the pandemic erupted in the places like long term care where our system has been most fractured by private for-profit interests.

We already know that private, for-profit delivery costs more, pulls health professionals out of the public system and is unaccountable to the public. We cannot afford to further entrench these facilities and their investors in our system.

The recent decision by the BC Supreme Court on the Cambie case strongly made the point that a duplicative private health care system would degrade care for most people – lead to longer wait times, higher costs for worse care, and tilt the system in favour of the wealthy who could pay for their care. Read more highlights of the decision here

Now, more than ever, is the time to focus our efforts on public system improvements and expanding capacity in the public system, to re-amplify the need for team-based models that are proven effective and to think about addressing staffing shortages among all health care providers required to work down the backlog.


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Other ways you can share the information:

  • Distribute the information below and questions above to each candidate in your riding. Share their responses in local newspapers, on your website, through social media sites, and/or in a mailing to your organization’s membership.
  • Most ridings will be holding virtual Town Halls and Public Forums where candidates can be provided with information and asked questions on the issues. Because participants are usually limited to the number of questions they can ask, it may be necessary to identify in advance which issues are your priorities.
  • Provide the information to your contact list (members, supporters, friends) and encourage them to get in touch with their candidates by email, by telephone, or in person