|2003/04 – 2005/06 SERVICE
Ministry of Health Services
am pleased to present the three-year service plan of the Ministry
of Health Services. This plan presents the objectives, strategies
and performance measures for the ministry and B.C.'s health care
The 2003/04 Service Plan builds on the strategic shifts for our
health services system first launched in 2002/03 and continues to
reflect our first priority — patient care. It includes information
on the ministry's strategic focus and core business areas, organized
to focus on management and stewardship by the ministry and on service
delivery by partners, particularly the health authorities. In addition,
this plan includes the responsibilities of the Minister of State
for Mental Health and the Minister of State for Intermediate, Long
Term and Home Care.
This year's plan refines performance measures first introduced
last year to strengthen reporting and accountability on health services
provided to British Columbians. New outcome-based targets, and strategies
to meet them, have been introduced to improve patient care. The
plan also moves the responsibility for reporting on some measures
to appropriate areas of the ministry or government, such as the
Office of the Provincial Health Officer or the British Columbia
Vital Statistics Agency. Information on available reports and performance
measures are listed in the appendices.
In this service plan we have focused on a number of objectives
and strategies including:
- Supporting the appropriate use of hospitals and health services.
- Helping British Columbians to maintain and improve their health.
- Improving primary care and chronic disease management.
- Creating a broader range of care options to give seniors greater
independence, choice and quality of life while meeting their health
Across Canada and in British Columbia, our health care system faces
increasing demands for services. This service plan will guide the
management of the ministry and health care in B.C. as we work towards
improving patient care and building a more modern and sustainable
health care system for the future.
Honourable Colin Hansen
Minister of Health Services
Message from the Minister of State
for Mental Health
The Province of British Columbia envisions an evidence-based, health
promotion, prevention and recovery-oriented mental health system
of care that supports resiliency, self-care and access to necessary
mental health care as easily as physical health care. Our goal is
to ensure mental health care is given equal status within the health
care system and that health authorities and other providers provide
efficient, effective and equitable allocation of mental health resources
and services across geographic areas. These changes to the system
of care will help create an evidence-based system, consistent with
the intent to improve the mental health of British Columbians.
Honourable Gulzar Cheema
Minister of State for Mental Health
Message from the Minister of State
for Intermediate, Long Term and
BC seniors are living longer and leading more active lives, and
they are looking to government for a broader range of care options
to meet their diverse needs. To ensure better health care and a
better quality of life, the provincial government is modernizing
and providing more care options for seniors and people with disabilities.
Last year, the government began a three-year B.C. Home and Community
Care Strategy to shift from more costly and inflexible institutional
care to a range of appropriate services, delivered in individuals
homes and communities. This years plan continues to develop
and refine these goals.
Providing better care for our aging population also means making
better use of our hospitals and other health services. The steps
were taking over the next few years are geared to ensure British
Columbians get the care they need now and our health system will
be sustainable well into the future.
Honourable Katherine Whittred
Minister of State for Intermediate,
Long Term and Home Care