Province announces $90M for team-based primary care

By Jill Sperling
April 3, 2017 - 12:05pm Updated: April 3, 2017 - 5:40pm

KAMLOOPS — A $90 million funding announcement by the province will see the team-based primary care approach that was developed in Kamloops be rolled out across B.C. 

The funds will be distributed over three years, with the goal of creating teams of primary care providers, similar to those being modeled at Northills Centre and the North Shore Health Science Centre. 

Health Minister Terry Lake says the team-based approach will help alleviate congestion in emergency rooms. 

"Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse-in-practice, other allied healthcare professionals connected, of course, through specialized community care," Lake said. "So, things like frail, older, complex patients that we see here at the Northills Seniors Health and Wellness Centre and mental health and substance use access as well."

Lake adds integrated team-based care is likely to become a common model of primary health care for the province.

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