With the current primary care system (or “fee-for-service model”) in BC, family practices are operated as small businesses. As our population ages and the pandemic continues, doctors are struggling to keep up with a heavy caseload while also managing their small businesses. This situation is leading to large-scale burnout, the closure of family practices, and an exodus of doctors from the system.
It’s also turning prospective doctors away from family practice, because their skills can be better utilized in specialized medical fields or in private healthcare clinics where the business is managed for them.
All the while, more and more British Columbians go without access to a family doctor and their healthcare suffers.
BC Greens are calling for an overhaul of the primary care system to:
Modernize the outdated fee-for-service payment model to ensure better care for British Columbians;
- Expand alternative payment models to better reflect the demand for in-person, longitudinal, and team-based care.
This overhaul would reward physicians for providing quality health care and allow them to continue running their own practices.
Add your name to join the call for getting everyone access to a family doctor.