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The Medical Services Commission was established on July 1, 1968 under the Medical Services Act (c. 24, SBC 1967) and is responsible for administering the provision and payment of medical services in BC through the Medical Services Plan. The Commission’s mandate is to “facilitate reasonable access throughout BC to quality medical care, health care, and diagnostic facility services for BC residents.” The Commission operates under the legal authority of the Medicare Protection Act and related Regulations. The Commission is also responsible for managing the Available Amount, a fund which is established to pay practitioners for medical services and which is set annually by government.
In 1994, the Commission expanded to a nine-member body. Membership consists of three government representatives, three representatives from the Doctors of BC, and three representatives from the public. Public members are nominated by government and the Doctors of BC.
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This series consists of aboriginal health initiatives program or project development and monitoring files from 1981-2010. The records relate to the development of programs to address the health needs of Indigenous people throughout all regions of the province, including health initiatives in urban centres. Records include correspondence, memoranda, notes, reports, grant application forms and statistics. Records were created by the Native Health, Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Healthy Living groups under various health related Ministries over time.
Many of the files in accession 91-0802 related to alcohol, smoking and drug counselling programs for First Nations individuals in BC during the 1980s and the mid 2000s. These records include information on specific workshops, projects, and treatment centres across BC, including the Honour Your Health challenge and the Kick the Nic program. Records were created by the Native Health section of the Medical Services Commission and by the Aboriginal Health section of the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. Records in this series document the development and monitoring of health programs for Aboriginal citizens as well as liaison activities for Urban Aboriginal Health Centres. Records in accession 96-0893 also document the work of the International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development group, an international working group of which the BC government was a member.
Records in accession 96-1250 include files on a variety of programs including the Cowichan Valley Hul'q'umi'num Health Services Working Group, First Nations Health Forum, The Path to Health & Wellness Committee, Stehlaq Aboriginal Healing Society, Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre Feasibility Analysis, and additional files on the Honour Your Health challenge.
Records in this series are covered by ORCS 70050-20, 70050-30, and 70050-50 of the Aboriginal Health Program ORCS (schedule 128755). Records have been selected for full retention.