Series GR-3487 - Alternative Payments program files

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Alternative Payments program files

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  • 2001-2002 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005)
  • 1968-2001 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

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4.7 m textual records

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The Ministry of Health was established in 1976 as the successor to the Dept. of Health (OIC 3199/76). The ministry was responsible for managing public health in the province. In 1977, the deaprtment was organized into three major programs for mental health, public health and special health programs. After 1980, the department had three programs: Preventive Services, Direct Community Care Services, and Hospital Programs. Two years later the names of the programs changed to: Community Care, Long Term Care, and Hospital Programs. In 1984 the department’s two programs were Preventive and Community Care Services and Institutional Services. These changed to Hospital Programs, Continuing Care Services, and Emergency Health Services in 1988. Responsibility for seniors was added to the Ministry of Health in 1989, and in 1996 the ministry was renamed Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors (OIC 203/96). In 2001, the functions of the ministry were divided between two new ministries: the Ministry of Health Services and the Ministry of Health Planning.

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The Ministry of Health Services was established in 2008 as the successor to the Ministry of Health (OIC 430/2008). The ministry was mandated to guide and enhance the province's health services. It was responsible to provide direction and support to service delivery partners; set goals and standards for health service delivery by health authorities; manage provincial health programs including the Medical Services Plan, Pharmacare, B.C. Vital Statistics Agency and Emergency Health Services Commission; and monitor and evaluate the delivery of health services and the health of the population.

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The series consists of applications, reports, forms, correspondence, printouts from government databases, and budget information received, maintained and created by the Ministry of Health and its successor, the Ministry of Health Services. The records were created between 1968 and 2002 for the Alternative Payments program. The series documents the provision and monitoring of Medical Services Plan funding for physician and health care practitioner services through alternative payment methods to regional health authorities. The functions of the Alternative Payment program were controlled by the Physicians’ Compensation branch.

The Alternative Payments program is a method of funding physician services through means other than the fee-for-service method. The program is designed to secure sufficient access to care in situations where fee-for-service arrangements may not guarantee physicians the financial support or stability to be able to provide needed care, such as in teaching hospitals or community-based services in rural areas. There are two models for alternative payments : service agreements and sessional arrangements. Service agreements consist of a contract between the Ministry of Health and a Health Authority which retains physicians under contract or direct employment. Sessional arrangements are based on contracts between a Health Authority and a physician.

The records are arranged by health region and then by agency or health authority. The records are covered by Medical Services Plan ORCS 40740-20.

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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Accession number(s) : 95-1408, 95-5641

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