The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Public vs Private Health Care

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Protect our universally accessible and publicly-funded healthcare system.

Ask the Candidates!

  • How do you think the growth of private medical clinics will impact the healthcare system in B.C. and across Canada, and where will your government stand on the subject of protecting Medicare in B.C.?
  • Should the provincial government be engaged in conversation around private/public healthcare, and what should the role of government be in moving forward?
  • Do you envision a way to include public, private and not-for-profit healthcare under the Canada Health Act and what would that look like?
  • What are the implications for the health of British Columbians if a two-tier system comes into effect in Canada?

* Party platforms will be updated regularly. If you are aware of any commitments made by the parties, please let us know at
B.C. Liberals New Democratic Party Green Party
  • Committed to cutting MSP premiums in half for individuals with a family net income up to $120,000, with the goal of eliminating MSP premiums. Read more...
  • Not opposed to paid plasma clinics.
  • Opposed to Paid Plasma Clinics.
  • Go ahead with the 2017 Budget's 50 per cent reduction and completely eliminate the fee within four years.
  • Reduce the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Implement province-wide coordination to manage and actively monitor waitlists to deliver the best outcomes and most timely care for patients.
  • Work with the federal government towards a national pharmacare program and we will support efforts to bulk purchase medication, bringing costs down.
  • Enhance support to British Columbians living with, and at risk of, diabetes and remove the age restriction on access to the insulin pump program for people over 25.
  • Increase funding for Agreements with Young Adults by an additional $10 million in order to offer supports to all youth aging out of care who need it.
  • Eliminate Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums by rolling them into the payroll tax and personal income tax. Read more...
  • Supports publicly funded health care through progressive taxation. Read more...
  • Develop a proposal to implement an essential drug program beginning in 2019, designed to reduce the costs of prescription drugs and ensure the cost of drugs is not a barrier to health management.
  • Work with health authorities to identify and remove barriers to the implementation of integrated healthcare delivery between acute and post-acute service providers.
  • Establish an innovation task force to promote the application of best practices to reduce surgery wait times across the province.