Health care continues to be a top concern for people in Saanich North and the Islands and across British Columbia. It is about 40% of the provincial budget and climbing.
After doubling MSP since taking power in 2001 the BC Liberals’ have promised to cut their special health care tax in half just weeks before the election. But, they have failed to tell us how will they fund the $845 million per year.
Andrew Weaver and the BC Greens have suggested we scrap MSP all together fund it through income tax, as other provinces have done.
This plan would be progressive, not unfairly penalizing seniors, fixed and low-income citizens, and saving the system millions of dollars by getting rid of our special MSP collection agency.
How we fund health care is just one part of the reforms that are needed. How we deliver care is another.
The system is focused on addressing illness. We need to shift from sick-care and disease management to a system centred around wellness and prevention.
Investing in recreation, physical education, and nutrition, ensuring British Columbians have access to quality, less-processed food grown locally will relieve pressure on the system.
We can deliver healthcare more efficiently, deploy practitioners more effectively, reduce stress on British Columbians and wait times in the system.
It is important that British Columbians are seeing the right health care professional. I have a great deal of respect for my doctor, but I do not need to see him for every question I have.
Projects on the Saanich Peninsula and Salt Spring Island that bring a team of practitioners under one roof who work together to provide a community of care has not been supported by our government and should be.
The BC Liberal government has talked for more than a decade about changing our system, nd they haven’t.
Saanich North and the Islands has unique health care challenges, from many Island communities to an aging population. I am committed to working hard on your behalf to ensure there is the right health care option available when you need it.