Series GR-3970 - Medical Services Plan strategic program and initiative records

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Medical Services Plan strategic program and initiative records

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  • 1995-2011 (Creation)

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3.72 m of textual records

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In 2008, the Ministry of Health Services was established replacing the Ministry of Health (OIC 430/2008). The ministry was responsible for British Columbia’s health system. It did this by setting goals, standards, and expectations for health service delivery by health authorities and other service providers; leadership, providing direction and support to service delivery partners; directly managing provincial programs and services such as the Medical Services Plan, Pharmacare, the B.C. Vital Statistics Agency and the Emergency Health Services Commission; monitoring and evaluating the delivery of health services and the health of the population. The Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Health in 2011 (OIC 62/2011).

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This series consists of Medical Services Plan strategic program and initiative records and other health committee files created by various divisions of the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health Services from 1995-2011. Many records may have been created or used by the Medical Services Commission.

Records relate to medical and health care issues, studies or strategies initiated by or affecting the Medical Services Plan (MSP) with respect to the provision of physicians’ and health care practitioners’ services. This includes the development, planning, implementation, and management or maintenance of strategic programs and initiatives to support and enable the provision of health services to all residents of the province. Strategic programs and initiatives include primary health care initiatives, rural health initiatives, physician workforce planning or physician human resource management, physician utilization, chronic disease management, acute care programs, and continuing care programs.

Records include briefing notes, correspondence, committee minutes, contracts, budgets, reports, presentations, financial records and statistics. The series may also include related committee files and executive records.

This series is divided into the following subseries based on the program or group that created the records:

1. Medical On-Call Availability Program (MOCAP), 2000-2009.
MOCAP was created to provide unassigned or orphaned patients access to physicians and specialists for on-call emergency medical services. Records also include several other programs for doctor coverage and payment to improve medical care across the province by the Medical Services Plan (MSP). These records are related to physician resource planning or physician human resource management.

2. Rural health records, 1995-2006.
These records include those of the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSCRI) and other committees related to healthcare in rural areas. The JSCRI was responsible for implementation of the subsidiary agreement for physicians in rural practice to enhance availability of stability of physician services in rural areas by addressing relevant unique and difficult circumstances. This subseries also includes committee files for the Mental Health Evaluation and Community Consultant Unit and Medical Services Commission Group Management.

3. Blood and Laboratory Services, 2003-2009.
Files address several issues related to blood and laboratory services, including BC Lab transformation, lab services reform, a telepathology project and studies of lab benchmarks.

4. Chronic Disease Management and Primary Health Care Renewal, 2003-2011
These records were primarily used by the Chronic Disease Management and Primary Health Care Renewal unit and its successor Primary Health Care. Most files are of committees related to General Practice doctors and managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes.

5. Other files regarding a variety of topics, 2001-2009.
These records include a variety of programs, services and committees, most related to health sector workforce and negotiating compensation for healthcare services. Some committees include Fee-for-Service-Transfers Review Team, Physician Strategic Services Advisory Committee, Emergency Medicine Committee, Electronic Medical Records Working Group, and Physician Information Technology Office Steering Committee. Prominent subjects include emergency room services and training, and electronic medical records. Records include committee files, Implementation reports, two Alternative payments agreement accountability records case files, and Subsidiary agreement dispute resolution.

The ministries responsible for these records and the years that they were responsible, are:
Ministry of Health (1976-2001)
Ministry of Health Services (2001-2005)
Ministry of Health (2005-2008)
Ministry of Health Services (2008-2011)

Records in this series are covered under ARCS 200-20, 280-20 and 280-30. Other records are covered under ORCS schedule 142798 (Medical Services Plan ORCS) numbers 40100-30, 40430-50, 40450-50, 40520-02, 40520-30, 40540-00, 40540-25, 40540-60, 40540-70 and 40560-20.

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Records transferred from Ministry of Health at various dates.


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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): 97-0226, 97-0260, 97-3478, 97-0479, 97-1681, 96-8419, 96-6180

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