Series GR-2698 - Executive records

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Executive records

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  • 1946-1978 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

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Originals, 11.3 m

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The Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was established in 1959 in accordance with the Department of Health Services and Hospital Insurance Act (SBC 1946, c. 31). The Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was the successor to the Department of Health and Welfare which was originally responsible for both the functions of public health and social welfare. (SBC 1959, c. 38). In 1959, the functions of health and social welfare were separated to form two new departments, the Dept. of Social Welfare and the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance. The newly named Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance was originally organized into three branches: health, mental health services (transferred from the jurisdiction of Provincial Secretary), and hospital insurance service. Another government reorganization in 1972, and a major review of provincial health services, eliminated the Mental Health Branch by assigning its resources to various components within the department. The department was renamed the Dept. of Health in 1973 (SBC 1973, c. 109).

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In 1946 the health and welfare programs of the Department of the Provincial Secretary were transferred to the new Department of Health and Welfare. The Provincial Secretary continued to be responsible for the administration of the Hospital Act, including funding the hospitals, until 1948, when the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service was introduced as a third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare.

These files contain correspondence of the Deputy Ministers of the Health Branch from 1946 to 1974, G.F. Amyot, J.A. Taylor and G.R.F. Elliot, and also correspondence of G.R.F. Elliot when he was the Assistant Deputy Minister of Community Health Programs, 1974-1978.

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These records were received from the office of the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health (Preventive Services) in 1987.


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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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The finding aid is based on the file list provided by the ministry. It is generally (but not perfectly) accurate regarding box contents.

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Accession number(s): 91-2726; G87-009

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