The Association of Registered Nurses of BC
Election Issues and Platforms
Rural Health

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Be Informed! Take a look at ARNBC's Resources:

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What Do Nurses Expect Government to Do?

  • Ensure all health care providers are utilized to their full potential, and that incentives, continuing education and professional development opportunities are available to support these providers.
  • Establish ways to utilize innovation, especially in the area of technology such as telehealth, to improve access to health care services among residents of rural and remote communities.

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Ask the Candidates!

  • Recruitment and retention of health care providers into rural and remote communities have improved, however, continue to be a significant barrier in delivering accessible health care services. What is your government's plan in improving recruitment, and more importantly retention of all health care providers with a population that is geographically dispersed?
  • What are your plans to ensure British Columbians living in rural and remote B.C. have access to health care closer to home?
  • What is your government's plan in ensuring that nurses of all designations who work in rural and remote communities are fully utilized?
  • How will your government invest in innovative models (technology and human resources) to improve access to health care services in rural and remote communities across B.C.?

* Party platforms will be updated regularly. If you are aware of any commitments made by the parties, please let us know at admin@arnbc.ca.
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  • Work with provincial health authorities and medical credentialing colleges to develop and implement a Ministerial Taskforce on Expanded Scope of Practice with a special focus on expanding service access to rural and remote communities.
  • Identify retention programs to ensure health care providers remain in rural and northern communities.
  • Commit $50 million to continue the BC Rural Dividend program into 2021-22.
  • Invest $40 million to support our goal of 100% high-speed internet connectivity for all British Columbians before 2021.
  • Improved medical travel allowance for rural British Columbians who must travel for care.
  • Ensure vulnerable patients from remote communities are covered for the most direct and sensible access to treatment by equalizing the coverage provided for ferries and commercial flights.