BC Health Coalition Resources – Reports, Fact Sheets, & Related Links
Links to documents that provide background information and available research on areas of health care of concern to the BC Health Coalition.
Health Care Decisions: Your Rights and the New Law (February 2001)
Representation Agreement Resource Centre’s plain language information booklet on the Health Care Consent Act. The 26-page booklet is about your rights when making decisions about your health care. It explains the law in British Columbia that says who can make health care decisions if you are considered incapable and you have NOT made a legal Plan. Booklet Update November 2003
BC Ministry of Health Services
Includes information on ambulance services, the assisted living registration project, medical services plan, pharmacare, chronic disease management, home and community care services, mental health and addictions, and a link to a range of health forms.
Assisted Living Registration Project
The Ministry of Health Services is working to ensure the health and safety of seniors and people with disabilities living in assisted living residences are protected. This Web site contains information on new legislation and the development of standards and complaint resolution processes for the registration of assisted living residences for seniors and people with disabilities.
Chronic Disease Management Information for Patients
Includes information for people living with a chronic illness, including general medical information, resources, and information on specific diseases.
Health Authorities – Health Units in Your Region
Links to all provincial health authorities. Your region’s health authority web site has a list of health units in your region. You can also call the health unit for your area, and ask to talk to someone in Health Services for Older Adults.
Provincial Health Services Authority
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of B.C. PHSA's primary role is to ensure that B.C. residents have access to a coordinated network of high-quality specialized health care services.
Home and Community Care Services
Home and community care services provide a range of health care and support services for eligible residents who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health care needs. These services are designed to complement and supplement, but not replace, the efforts of individuals to care for themselves with the assistance of family, friends and community.
Information Lines - Toll Free
A quick reference list to all Ministry of Health toll free lines.
General Information Line - Ministry of Health
The person who answers the phone can connect you with your local health unit or a mental health worker in your area. Call toll free: 1-800-465-4911 or, in Victoria, call: (250) 952-1742. The line operates from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Callers will get a recorded message during off-hours.
Mental Health Information Line
This 24-hour taped information service provides information on provincial mental health programs as well as symptoms, causes, treatment, support groups and publications relating to a number of mental illnesses. Call toll free: 1-800-661-2121 or, in Vancouver, call: (604) 669-7600.
Medical Services Plan (MSP) for BC Residents
Information on the MSP, including benefits, how to enroll, premium assistance, and care cards.
Palliative Care Benefits Program
Program description in pdf format – 23 pages.
Information on financial assistance for people who need help with the cost of their prescription drugs.
Residential Care Facts
Brief Ministry publication in pdf format.
Travel Assistance Program
The Travel Assistance Program (TAP) offers travel discounts to eligible B.C. residents who must travel within the province for non-emergency medical services not available in their own community, and whose travel expenses are not covered by third-party insurance or other government programs.
Guide to Seniors Programs and Benefits in British Columbia
Your guide to programs and services to help seniors lead healthy and independent lives. PDF format.
Assists individuals who are medically at risk, frail, disabled, or living alone, to maintain an independent yet secure lifestyle by using a 24-hour emergency response system. No referral required. Fees charged.
Travel Medicine Program -- Information for Travellers
Government of Canada site with Travel Health Advisories, Travel Clinics, News From International Public Health Authorities, Travel Health Recommendations, and Reports of Outbreaks of various illnesses. At the end of the page there is also a link to Other Sources of Information on Travel Health and Travel Medicine.
Psychiatry Service - Geriatric
Provides acute care and consultation, initial assessment, and follow-up care of ambulatory patients over the age of 65 who are experiencing complex psychiatric disorders. Works closely with the West End Mental Health Team. Medical referral required.
Links to VCH resources and services for seniors, as well as contact information for Community Health Centres located in Vancouver. Seniors Wellness Coordinators and information on the various Wellness Programs operating in Vancouver can be found by contacting the health centre in your area.
Seniors Well Aware Programs (SWAP)
Specialized services to clients over the age of 55 who may be experiencing problems due to misuse/abuse of alcohol, prescriptions and/or over the counter medications.