Parliamentary Committees

Health committee releases report on improving health care in B.C.


March 1, 2017

Legislative Assembly - Province of British Columbia

VICTORIA – The all-party Select Standing Committee on Health released its unanimous report today "Looking Forward: Improving Rural Health Care, Primary Care, and Addiction Recovery Programs." The report makes 59 recommendations focusing on rural health care, interdisciplinary teams, and addiction recovery programs.

"We heard considerable support for innovative approaches to the delivery of health care," said committee chair Linda Larson. "All British Columbians, no matter where in the province they live and whatever their health concerns, should have access to timely, high-quality health care."

The report reflects the input the committee received during public consultations, including 64 presentations and 211 written submissions.

"Our report highlights how we can strengthen our health-care system – particularly in the areas of rural health, team-based primary care, and addiction and recovery programs – to improve health outcomes," added deputy chair Judy Darcy. "We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who shared their knowledge, experience, and ideas with the committee."

More information about the committee, including their report, is available at:

The members of the Select Standing Committee on Health are:
Linda Larson, MLA Boundary-Similkameen (chair);
Judy Darcy, MLA New Westminster (deputy chair);
Dr. Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows;
Marc Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge-Mission;
Sue Hammell, MLA Surrey-Green Timbers;
Dr. Darryl Plecas, MLA Abbotsford South;
Selina Robinson, MLA Coquitlam-Maillardville;
Dr. Jane Jae Kyung Shin, MLA Burnaby-Lougheed;
Sam Sullivan, MLA Vancouver-False Creek;
John Yap, MLA Richmond-Steveston.

For further information:

Susan Sourial
Clerk Assistant, Committees and Interparliamentary Relations
Room 224, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B.C., V8V 1X4
Telephone: 250 356-2933 (collect)
Toll-free: 1 877 428-8337
Fax: 250 356-8172