B.C. announces new health-care framework to better serve remote and Indigenous communities – CBC

Framework includes more helicopters, ambulances to improve access to urban health-care facilities

Apr 20, 2020

The provincial government has announced a new framework for health care in rural, remote and Indigenous communities to improve residents’ access to critical and culturally appropriate health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement Monday said improvements to the health-care system will include better modes of land and air transportation for people who need to leave their home community for treatment in larger urban centres, including more planes, helicopters and 55 new ambulances.

The government is also offering access to “faster and culturally appropriate COVID-19 testing methods,” as well as self-isolation accommodations nearer to hospitals away from home. Access to virtual health care will also be improved.

“Everyone in B.C. deserves to have health-care services delivered where they live,” Premier John Horgan said during a news conference Monday.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/covid-19-bc-support-for-indigenous-communities-1.5538549

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