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Ministry of Health

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 includes providing first contact access for each new need, long-term person-focused care from certified nurses, comprehensive care for most health needs, and coordinated care when it must be sought elsewhere.

There is great potential in primary health care to improve the health of the population and contribute to the sustainability of the health care system. To reach that potential, all partners for a healthy population must work together. To support such collaboration, a provincial charter for primary health care was co-developed with many partners to capture the activity, experimentation and successes of the last five years, and to set strategic direction to move forward. View the complete Primary Health Care Charter (PDF).

Primary Health Care Charter