Series GR-3938 - Records of the Director of Administrative Services, BC Hospital Insurance Service

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Records of the Director of Administrative Services, BC Hospital Insurance Service

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  • textual record

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  • 1946-1987 (Creation)

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60 cm of textual records

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The British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service was established in 1949. The name changed to Hospital Programs in 1975.

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In 1975 the British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service changed its name to Hospital Programs.

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This series consists of records creating and revising agreements, legislation and regulations related to hospital insurance and the provision of medical services in British Columbia, from 1946-1987. These records are the administrative and operational records of the Director of Administrative Services (previously Senior Administrative Officer) of the BC Hospital Insurance Service. The files are almost exclusively those of Director K.G. Wiper, but also include those of his successor J.D. Herbert and of the Deputy Ministers D.M. Cox and W.J. Lyle.

These records document the Director's functions as well as files on issues, policy, legislation and the operation of the Hospital Insurance Act from its inception to 1987. The majority of records consist of draft amendments and revisions to regulations, orders-in-council (OICs) and legislation, proposed legislation and Federal-Provincial agreements. Records related to health insurance, the accreditation of hospitals, and the provision of medical treatments or services, including mental health treatments. Records include correspondence, drafts, and final copies of legislation.

The Ministry responsible hospital insurance administration and the years they were responsible are:

British Columbia. Dept. of Health and Welfare (1946-1959)
British Columbia. Dept. of Health Services and Hospital Insurance (1959-1973)
British Columbia. Dept. of Health (1973-1976)
British Columbia. Ministry of Health (1976-2001)

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Transferred from the Ministry of Health, 1990.


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See GR-1605 for earlier records created by K.G. Wiper related to hospital insurance.

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Accession number(s): 89-0501

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