Series GR-0116 - Health Services and Hospital Insurance records

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Health Services and Hospital Insurance records

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  • 1959-1965 (Creation)
    British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance

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1.56 m of textual records

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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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The series consists of files created by the Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance, Office of the Minister relating to the Hospital Insurance Service Branch. The records were created between 1959 and 1965 and while the bulk of the files relate to specific hospital construction projects, there are also files relating to provincial infirmaries, legislation and other subjects.

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The records were transferred to the Provincial Archives in 1976 from the Dept. of Health, Office of the Minister.


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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): 76-G-046 (91-3171)

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