MLA Report: We need to stand together for rural healthcare

I believe that we need to ensure that our province raises the revenue it needs to keep our system strong.

British Columbians are fortunate to live in a country that believes in public healthcare.  When we look to other countries where access to healthcare is dependent on one’s income, you realize just how valuable our system is.

But it is a system under tremendous pressure.  I believe that we need to ensure that our province raises the revenue it needs to keep our system strong.  People tell me that public healthcare is one of things they most value, and they know that it costs money.

Provincial funding of healthcare increases every year as would be expected.  In 2012/13, Interior Health’s funding increased by 5.6%.  And in 2012/13, we still felt cuts to healthcare.

In 2014/15, the projected increase to funding for Interior Health will be only 2.3%.  This indicates even more significant cuts to services are ahead.

Over the last number of years, the cuts to healthcare have been felt most deeply in rural areas.  And many of the decisions made by Interior Health as to where to cut have not been informed by local knowledge or understanding.

As a politician, I understand that healthcare decisions need to be made by professionals, but there also needs to be full awareness of the realities of the impacts of those decisions, and there needs to be accountability to the communities affected.

We need healthcare in small rural communities not just for health reasons, but for economic reasons.  For example, the closure of the dialysis unit in Invermere has resulted in real economic consequences for the area; something that was not even contemplated by decision-makers, and ignored when raised by local political representatives.

We need to stand together within our communities to make sure that those that need healthcare have access to it when they need it.

Take a moment to share your healthcare concerns with me by emailing norm.macdonald.mla@leg.bc.ca or by calling 1 866 870 4188.

***

Norm Macdonald is the MLA for the provincial riding of Columbia River—Revelstoke

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Revelstoke cancer support group in need of support

The group provides funds for people undergoing cancer treatments

Two dead after weekend crash on Highway 1 near Revelstoke

The driver and passenger of one vehicle died at the scene

COVID-19 motivates Revelstoke couple to start farming

Owners say First Light Farm will strengthen local food production

B.C. records 31 new cases, six deaths over three days due to COVID-19

There are 166 active cases in B.C., 16 people in hospital

Okanagan home destroyed by fire

Call came in from Teresa Road in Lake Country just after 6 a.m. Tuesday, July 7

Lower Similkameen Indian Band closes beach near Cawston to non-band members

The COVID-19 crisis “has not gone away” and “remains an ever present threat” says the LSIB

B.C. homeowners plead for action on condo insurance crisis

Strata property fees growing bigger than mortgage payments

Indigenous man behind complaint of BC Transplant’s alcohol abstinence policy has died

David Dennis, who is Nuu-chah-nulth, argued that six-month sobriety policy is a ‘lethal form of racism’

Hidden cameras in Okanagan forests catch illegal dumpers, lead to fines

The Okanagan Forest Task Force’s have led to 13 or 14 tickets for illegal dumpers

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Urge travellers to follow COVID-19 rules in a ‘gentle way’: B.C.’s top doctor

Cases surging in the U.S. have B.C. officials hoping the border stays shut all summer

Most Read