Ministry of Health

Programs and Services Index

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Aboriginal Health - Find information on aboriginal health, initiatives, publications and resources.

Addictions - Find information on mental health and addictions, initiatives, publications and resources.

Adult Residential Care Information - Find information on selecting and monitoring of licensed residential care facilities.

HIV/AIDS - Provides information on HIV/AIDS and substance misuse prevention, plus resources.

Air Quality - Find information about air quality in B.C.

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BC HealthGuide Handbook - Also See HealthLink BC. The BC HealthGuide Handbook is a printed self-care manual that provides information on more than 190 health topics including disease prevention, home treatment, emergencies, healthy lifestyle choices and advice on when to seek a higher level of care. The BC HealthGuide Handbook can be ordered free of charge to residents of B.C. using HealthLink BC's online order form.

BC Ambulance Service - Find information on BC Ambulance Service, fees, statistics and paramedic qualifications.

The Best Chance - This website is filled with up-to-date and practical information, useful tools and resources for women, expectant parents, and families with babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age. Explore this website to help you have a healthy pregnancy, give your baby a good start in life, and support your healthy future together.

Built Environment - The built environment encompasses all buildings, spaces and products that are created or modified by people and all have an impact on health. Find information and resources aimed at ensuring built environments are supportive of safe and healthy communities and individuals.

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Office of the Chief Data Steward - Find information on access to health data.

Child Care Information - Find information on selecting and monitoring of licensed child care facilities.

Children and Youth Health - Find information and resources about the healthy development of infants and children in B.C., including parent publications such as Baby's Best Chance, Toddlers First Steps and the Child Health Passport.

Clinical Practice Guidelines and Protocols - Find information, listings and complete text, including patient guides, for Clinical Practice Guidelines and Protocols developed by B.C. physicians and published by the Protocols/Guidelines Steering Committee.

Communications - (Government Communications and Public Engagement (GCPE)) Find an array of health related information, including news releases, health care within specific regions of British Columbia, Regional Health Boards, maps and contacts.

Community Care Facilities Branch - Part of the Health Protection Planning Division. Find information on legislation that covers child day care and adult and child residential care, policy and guidelines for licensed facilities, child care publications and Early Childhood Education.

Core Public Health Functions - Find information on core functions of a comprehensive public health system including a description of functions and services, evidence and best practices, program components, performance measures, health status data, legislation and policy.

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Data Access for Researchers - Find information on how researchers can obtain health data for research projects.

Dietitian Services at HealthLinkBC - Dietitian Services at HealthLink BC are available online and by telephone to answer your diet and nutrition-related questions. Call 8-1-1 free-of-charge from anywhere in B.C. to speak to a registered dietitian 8am – 8pm Monday to Thursday and 8am – 5pm Friday, or email Dietitians Services with your questions 24/7/365.

Translation services in more than 130 languages are available upon request.

Drinking Water Quality - Find information on safe, reliable and accessible drinking water for all British Columbians.

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e-Health - Find information on Advances in computer technology and telecommunications create the potential for better, faster, more sophisticated health care across the province, even in small and remote communities.

Emergency Management Unit - Find information on a range of Health Emergency Management initiatives in British Columbia.

Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board - Find information on the licensing board, its policy and procedures, and handling of complaints about patient care issues.

Environmental Health Protection

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BC Family Residence Program - Provides information on a new accommodation assistance program to enable families to stay together when their child requires medical care at BC Children's Hospital, including premature babies and newborns with other health concerns. Enhanced travel assistance is also provided through ground transportation for children and air transportation for patients of all ages.

Flood Preparedness - Find information on what you can do before, during and after a flood.

Focus on Innovation - Focus on Innovation is an initiative led by the Ministry of Health in British Columbia, Canada with the goal of identifying, sharing and spreading local innovations and improvements in health care.

Food Security - See Healthy Eating and Food Security.

Forms (Health Forms) - Find forms for a variety of health services and programs, including Medical Services Plan (MSP), Health Insurance BC (HIBC), Pharmacare and Vital Statistics.

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Health Authorities - Find information on BC's health authorities, province-wide standards of care, and performance agreements with the Ministry of Health.

Health Data Access Services - Find information on how authorized health care partners can access health data through online services.

Health Data Central - Find information on health data access requests.

Health Forms - Find forms for a variety of health services and programs, including Medical Services Plan (MSP), Health Insurance BC (HIBC), Pharmacare and Vital Statistics.

Health Insurance - Find out information on the two types of coverage for which you can apply in BC: medical and drug coverage.

Health Protection - Provides information on legislation, policies and programs in the areas of environmental health protection, community care facilities, and emergency preparedness.

HealthLink BC - HealthLink BC is the gateway to access non-emergency health information and advice in British Columbia.  It is a phone number (8-1-1) and a website (www.HealthLinkBC.ca), both of which can be accessed 24/7/365. It is also a collection of print resources (including the BC HealthGuide Handbook) which put services and health know-how into the hands of B.C. residents. Our residents can call 8-1-1 from anywhere in the province to speak with a registered nurse, dietitian or pharmacist or to find a health resource close to where they live. Our website provides medically-approved information on more than 5,000 health topics and symptoms and offers tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also offers an integrated search and mapping function to more than 6,100 health services to help B.C. residents find health services close to their home communities.

Translation services in more than 130 languages are available upon request.

HealthLinkBC Files - The HealthLinkBC Files are easy-to-read fact sheets on public health and safety topics including common illnesses, vaccinations, environmental health concerns and health tips. All HealthLinkBC Files are available as downloadable documents in English, with selected topics translated into other languages including Chinese, French, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.

HealthNet/BC Products and Services Catalogue - see Health Data Access Services.

Healthy Eating and Food Security - Learn about the services provided by the Ministry to support healthy eating and ensure food security, including links to resources on nutrition for children, adults and seniors, in a variety of environments, including at home, work, school and the community. Information also provided on trans fat and reducing obesity.

Healthy Minds, Healthy People: A Ten-Year Plan to Address Mental Health and Substance Use in British Columbia – Learn about the Province’s commitments to improve the mental health and well-being of British Columbians. The plan presents a cross-governmental approach to transforming B.C.’s response to mental health and substance use over the next decade.

Healthy Schools - Find out about programs in place to support healthy eating, physical activity and prevent tobacco use in B.C. schools, from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Health Sector Agencies, Boards & Commissions Appointee Remuneration

Health Technology Review - Find information on the Health Technology Review, a provincially coordinated, evidence-informed decision-making process for the assessment of non-drug health technologies in British Columbia.

Healthy Work Environments - Find information and resources for employers and employees to create healthy work environments by ensuring workplaces are physically safe, have a healthy workplace culture, and make the healthy choice, the easy choice.

HIV/AIDS - Provides information on HIV/AIDS and substance misuse prevention, plus resources.

Home and Community Care - Find information on home and community care services for eligible residents who have acute, chronic, palliative or rehabilitative health-care needs.

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Injury Prevention - Find statistics on injuries in B.C., and learn about programs aimed at decreasing injuries, including preventing falls among older adults.

Insurance - Find out information on the two types of coverage for which you can apply in BC: medical and drug coverage.

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Labour Relations and Negotiations Support - The Ministry of Health negotiates and renews agreements with various health care professionals and associations, such as the BC Medical Association.

Land Use and Environmental Planning - Public health provides input to waste management and other land-use planning initiatives.

Library - The Health and Human Services Library provides health and social sciences information, including over 40,000 articles and resources, for public policy makers and professionals throughout BC.

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Maternal Health - See Women’s and Maternal Health.

Medical Services Plan - Visit this Web site for information on the Medical Services Plan of BC (MSP), including medical insurance plans, eligibility, registering and applying for a CareCard, rates or premiums, and payment of claims. You can also visit the Health Insurance page for basic information.

Medication Matters - Find information about managing your medications, the benefits of getting to know your pharmacy team, and how you can learn more about making the best choices for your health.

Mental Health and Substance Use - Find information on B.C.'s adult mental health and substance use policy, including initiatives, publications and other resources.

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News Releases - Find news releases on health services, policy and other provincial initiatives.

Nutrition - See Healthy Eating and Food Security.

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Assisted Living Registrar - Find information on new legislation, standards and complaint resolution for the registration of assisted living residences for seniors and people with disabilities.

Office of the Provincial Health Officer - Find information, facts and reports on public health and current health issues in BC, as well as recommendations for improvements.

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Pandemic Influenza - An influenza pandemic may occur when an influenza virus radically changes and can easily infect humans, and against which people have little or no immunity.

PharmaCare - Find information on PharmaCare, the province's drug insurance program, that provides financial assistance to BC residents with paying for eligible prescription drugs and medical supplies, under Fair PharmaCare and other specialty plans. You can also visit the Health Insurance page for basic information.

Physical Activity - Find out about the benefits of physical activity, and get tips for staying active.

Physician Compensation - Find information on Physician Compensation, links to programs: Alternative Payments Program (APP), Rural Practice Programs (RPP), and The Medical On-Call/Availability Program (MOCAP)

Primary Health Care - An effective primary health care system is one that supports British Columbians to stay healthy, get better, live with disease and cope with end of life. This web site includes information on the elements of an effective primary health care system.

Professional Regulation - Find current developments in BC’s health professional regulation.  Find information about bylaws made by professional regulatory colleges.

Provincial Health Officer - Find information, facts and reports on public health and current health issues in BC, as well as recommendations for improvements.

Public Health Act - Find information on British Columbia's new Public Health Act. This new Act provides the Minister, public health officials, regional health authorities, local governments, and others with important tools to promote and protect the health of the public.

Public Health Functions - See Core Public Health Functions.

Public Health Protection - Provides information on legislation, policies and programs in the areas of environmental health protection, community care facilities, and emergency preparedness.

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Remuneration - See Health Sector Agencies, Boards & Commissions Appointee Remuneration.

Reports and Publications

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Seniors' Healthy Living Secretariat - Find information and resources on seniors' health and services in BC, including the BC Seniors Guide.

Sewerage Systems (Onsite)

Surgical Wait Times - Find information on wait times for your surgery or your area, and explore options to receive surgery in a more timely way.

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Telehealth - Telehealth is a valuable tool for providing specialized health services to BC residents who live in rural areas or outside of urban centers.

Third Party Liability - The Third Party Liability website provides information regarding the recovery of health care costs when a resident of British Columbia is injured due to a third party's wrongful act or omission. Lawyers, insurance companies and the general public can find useful information on process, settlements, legislation and third party liability forms.

Tobacco Control Program - Tobacco laws and tools to prevent tobacco use, protect against second-hand smoke and help people quit smoking.

Toll-free Information Lines - Find information on the Ministry of Health information line and other toll-free helplines available in BC.

Travel Assistance Program (TAP) - The TAP BC website provides valuable information regarding the Ministry of Health Travel Assistance Program which provides medical travel assistance to eligible B.C. residents.

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Vital Statistics Agency - Find information on vital statistics and how to register for birth, death or marriage certificates, as well as information on adoption and genealogical services.

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Wait Times & Surgical Wait List Registry - Find information on wait times for your surgery or your area, and explore options to receive surgery in a more timely way.

Women's and Maternal Health - Find information and resources about maternal health in B.C., including initiatives about supporting breastfeeding and parent publications such as Baby's Best Chance.

Women's Healthy Living Secretariat - The purpose of the Secretariat is to support and advance the health and well being of women, children and youth in British Columbia through policy and program development by working in collaboration with other government ministries, organizations and stakeholders.