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Hospital Insurance Service research files

  • GR-2585
  • Series
  • 1953-1977

These are files of the Research Division of the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service. In 1948 an "Act to provide for the Establishment of Hospital Insurance and Financial Aid to Hospitals" was passed. Accordingly, the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service was established as a third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare and tasked with administering the premium payment plan which provided hospital care benefits for acute illness at the standard ward level to residents of the province. The role of the B.C.H.I.S. quickly grew to include hospital financing, inspection, and advisory services related to hospital construction. The name of the branch changed from British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service to Hospital Programs in 1975, as part of a reorganization within the Ministry of Health. In the early years the B.C.H.I.S. was also responsible for the administration of the Welfare Institutions Licensing Act (transferred to the Dept. of Social Welfare in 1950) and the Provincial Infirmaries (transferred to the Health Branch in 1964). The Research Division was created in the second year of operation of the B.C.H.I.S. In the annual report of BCHIS for 1950 the responsibilities of the Research Division are listed as "this branch of the Service supplied all statistics necessary to the Service, which included compilation of progress and annual reports, surveys, and other information". In the 1951 annual report this description is broadened slightly, "maintained monthly progress reports, compiled statistics concerning hospitalization experience, and conducted special studies on matters related to the Service". There are two series of files, one series containing correspondence with individual hospitals and one series containing subject files. The first series in this unit, the bulk of these files, relate to individual hospitals and contain correspondence of the division with the hospitals, news releases of the ministry relating to the hospital, reports of the division relating to the individual hospitals and other research material relating to individual hospitals. The bulk of this series is from 1953-1965, with some material as late as 1975. The second series of files are subject files of the Research Division on such topics as rehabilitation, mental health, indian affairs, morbidity, social welfare, and pediatrics. The bulk of this series is from 1953-1962, with some material as late as 1977. Individual Hospital Series (Boxes 1-12) Subject Files (Boxes 12-15)

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Hospital Programs executive records

  • GR-3998
  • Series
  • 1974 - 1989

The series consists of correspondence and other records of the executive director’s office, Hospital Programs, Ministry of Health. The correspondence is between members of the Health Programs executive team (executive director, regional directors, Assistant Deputy Minister, Deputy Minister, and Minister of Health) and regional hospitals or health care facilities in British Columbia. The correspondence documents routine business activities relating to hospital reviews, hospital programs, staffing levels, hospital expansion, hospital expenditures, operating budgets and other financial/funding issues, hospital complaint files, hospital annual reports, and regional hospital district matters. The records were created by the Ministry of Health’s Hospital Programs division and Hospital Insurance Service between 1974-1989. These records were created under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1996, c. 200), Health Act (RSBC 1979, c. 161), and Health District Act (RSBC 1996, c. 202).

The records are arranged alphabetically by hospital or facility name and by ministry file code. They consist of incoming and outgoing executive correspondence, accompanying reports, hospital publications, data and statistics, memoranda, briefing notes, agendas and minutes, and annual reports. The records are covered by the Executive Records schedule (schedule 102906).

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Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division files

  • GR-0380
  • Series
  • 1948-1970

This series consists of files of the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division of the BC Hospital Insurance Service. Records have been divided into a subseries relating to individual public and private hospitals, and a subseries of various subject files.

In 1948 an "Act to provide for the Establishment of Hospital Insurance and Financial Aid to Hospitals" was passed. Accordingly, the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service was established as a third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare to administer the premium payment plan. The plan provided hospital care benefits for acute illness at the standard ward level to residents of the province. At that time the Inspector of Hospitals was transferred from the Department of the Provincial Secretary to the Hospital Services Division of the new BCHIS. The name of the Division was changed in 1951 to the Hospital Consultation and Inspection Division. The division had both a Vancouver and a Victoria office. These appear to be records of the Victoria office.

The files relating to individual hospitals contain inspection reports, notes regarding communications with hospital personnel, correspondence with hospital managers or representatives, and internal memoranda regarding the hospital. They sometimes also include floor plans of the facilities and other types of reports. The subject files include a wide variety of materials, including correspondence.

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Hospital Programs records

  • GR-3994
  • Series
  • 1959 - 1987

The series consists of records documenting the operations and administration of hospitals in BC from 1959-1987. The records cover programs within individual hospitals, finance and construction, personnel, medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, equipment and other topics. They also include accreditation surveys and results, hospital reviews, and reports by Ministry of Health staff on topics such as medical records. The records include policy precedents, lists of staff and administrators, and information on financial proceedings and grants. The records were created under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1979, c.176), the Hospital District Act (RSBC 1979, c.178), and the Hospital Insurance Act (RSBC, 1979, c. 180). They were created by the BC Hospital Programs Division and its predecessor, BC Hospital Insurance Service, both under the Ministry of Health.

The series is arranged by hospital or topic, then by date. The records include correspondence, reports, financial records, bylaws, project files, strategic plans, and policy documents. The records are classified under the one-time Hospital Programs operational files (schedule 880238).

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Reports and other material

  • GR-2656
  • Series
  • 1942-1969

This unit contains reports regarding medical services in B.C., a policy manual for the Inspection of Private Hospitals, pamphlets from the Campbell River Hospital and an index to news regarding hospitals in the B.C. Gazette.

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Hospital programs photographs

  • GR-3422
  • Series
  • 1929-1977

The series consists of photographs created by the British Columbia Hospital Programs and its predecessor body, the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service, between 1949 and 1975 and including photographs back to 1929. The photographs are mostly black and white prints but there are also negatives and some colour prints. The photographs are in no particular order and document proposals, construction, ceremonies and openings of provincial hospitals. There are also press photos of senior staff, ministers, MLA's and branch staff. Occasionally a piece of correspondence relating to the photograph is included in the file.

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Hospital Insurance Service correspondence and other material

  • GR-0679
  • Series
  • 1948-1971

This series consists of correspondence, memoranda and reports regarding hospitals and hospital insurance, 1948-1971. Boxes 3 to 5 consists of policy files.

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Register of licences to private hospitals

  • GR-0281
  • Series
  • 1913-1957

The series consists of a register of licences to private hospitals created by the Hospital Insurance Service and its predecessor, the Provincial Board of Health, between 1913 and 1957.

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Private hospital establishment and inspection records

  • GR-3652
  • Series
  • 1941-1982

The series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, financial statements, lists and inventories and sale agreements relating to private hospitals across the province. The records were created between 1941 and 1982 by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service and its successor body, the Hospital programs branch of the Ministry of Health. The records provide evidence of the licensing function of the branch, and provide information about the administrative structure of private hospitals in the province. Under the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960, c. 178, s. 10) no private hospital could be licensed without first receiving approval from the Chief Inspector. The series also provides evidence of the closure of private hospitals and the transferal of patients to other facilities. The series also includes a number of inspection reports for private facilities, although these are by no means complete and GR-2565 and GR-2567 provide additional inspection reports.

The series is arranged alphabetically by property name.

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Hospital land titles and authorization records

  • GR-3653
  • Series
  • 1942-1986

The series consists of correspondence, memoranda, news releases, notes, financial statements, leases, land deeds and certificates for hospital land across British Columbia. The records were created between 1942 and 1986, with the majority of the files dating to the 1960s and 1970s. The series was created by the Hospital Programs branch of the Ministry of Health and documents the Division’s property management functions. The series consists of case files relating to the acquisition and disposal of hospital property, as well as responses to surveys sent by the Ministry of Health, and correspondence with various Land Registry Offices across the province. The surveys sent by the Ministry of Health requested that hospitals send details of their property in order to verify the existing property information held on record by the Ministry. Many of the records appear to have been generated in response to section 41 of the Hospital Act (RSBC 1960 c. 178), which states that, if a hospital is leased or transferred to another body, this action requires the written approval of the Minister.

Records in this series are covered by a variety of BC government ARCS numbers. Files are generally arranged alphabetically by the name of the hospital, although correspondence, survey, and disposition files are sometimes interfiled out of alphabetical order.

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British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service records

  • GR-2657
  • Series
  • 1950-1957

In 1948 the "Act to provide for the establishment of Hospital Insurance and Financial Aid to Hospitals" was passed. The British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service (BCHIS) was set up as the third branch of the Department of Health and Welfare. During its early years the BCHIS experienced many difficulties, particularly in collecting premiums. This difficulty was solved in 1954 when the government amended the Hospital Insurance Act abolishing premiums and providing that the Service be financed from consolidated revenue. An additional 2% was added to the sales tax effective April 1, 1954. These records illustrate the difficulties of collecting premiums, and other aspects of the work of the fledging BCHIS.

This accession is a small part, A - I, in an alphabetical series, of the Hospital Insurance Services' general office files. It includes material relating to the Liability and Adjustment division, the Inspector of Hospitals, the Hospital Advisory Council, as well as the executives, L.F. Detwiller (Commissioner) and D.M. Cox (Assistant Commissioner). The bulk of the files relate to the premium collections work, including correspondence with delinquent rate payers. The last part of this series, J-Z, did not arrive with this accession; its whereabouts, and whether it still exists, are unknown.

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Publications relating to regulation of hospitals

  • GR-2650
  • Series
  • 1937-1971

Records of the Finance Division of the B.C. Hospital Insurance Service, hospital manuals issued by the BCHIS and publications relating to hospitals and hospital management.

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Hospital photographs

  • GR-3423
  • Series
  • 1920-1974

The series consists of photograph files created by the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service between 1949 and 1974 and including photographs back to 1920. The photographs, mostly black and white prints, are arranged in files alphabetically by community and consist of photographs of interior and exterior shots of hospitals and hospital construction, In addition to the files, there is a scrapbook of hospital photographs, also arranged alphabetically by community. The accompanying negatives are arranged by number.

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