Re-envisioning health care in BC

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BC communities are experiencing unprecedented challenges with the health care system, which include the closure of emergency rooms, long wait times for surgery, difficulties in finding a family physician, problems with the recruitment and retention of health care professionals, and inconsistent access to ambulance service. The plenary policy session at UBCM’s 2022 convention will explore the impacts of these challenges on communities and consider ideas for transforming B.C.’s health care system. The panellists for this session will include Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.
The session will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2022, from 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM.  Minister Dix will be joined by Mayor Gaby Wickstrom (Town of Port McNeill), Mayor Merlin Blackwell (District of Clearwater, and Councillor Pete Fry (City of Vancouver, who is the chair of UBCM’s Health and Social Development Committee.
Other panellists in this session include Troy Clifford, Provincial President, Ambulance Paramedics & Emergency Dispatchers of BC; George Abbott, President, Circle Square Solutions Inc.; Dr. Kerry Jang, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; and Dr. Ray Markham, (OBC) Rural Family Physician.