Series GR-3649 - Dental service project files

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Dental service project files

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  • 1954-1984 (Creation)

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25 cm of 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 department 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 series consists of surveys, studies, reports, news releases, correspondence, budget submissions and cabinet submissions relating to a variety of dental care initiatives between the 1950s and 1980s. The records were created by the Ministry of Health's now-defunct Dental Health office and provide evidence of the functions of that office. They later passed into the custody of the Community Health division. The series consists of records relating to discussions about a proposed universal dental care system in British Columbia that would have provided varying levels of dental insurance for children, adults, and institutionalized individuals across the province. This scheme was presented to the public in 1980 under the Honourable Rafe Mair.

The series also consists of a variety of reports and surveys, including a dental health survey of Canadian provinces, a survey of British Columbia, and several reports relating to dental care of American Indigenous populations. It is unclear whether these records were created by a predecessor to the Ministry of Health, or if they were retrieved during the 1970s during a planning and research phase for the provincial dental care plan.

The series is covered by ORCS 62500-35 (project, program, initiative and strategy case files) of the Community Health Programs operational records classification system.

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Records were transferred from the Ministry of Health in May 2016.


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These records are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or other acts and access may be restricted. Please contact the BC Archives to determine the access status of these records.

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Accession number(s) : 94-1067

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