Virtual general health care Canada received a boost today when a bilateral agreement was signed by the Minister of Health, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, on the 5th of February 2021, with British Columbia to provide virtual healthcare for its residents.
Canadians are extremely proud of their publicly funded and universal healthcare system. To deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is making a concerted effort in collaboration with the state and provincial governments to ensure that the healthcare system is strong enough and is delivered efficiently.
The province of British Columbia will invest federal funds in accelerating virtual general health care online across Canada based on well-defined priorities stated in the agreement. An investment of $18 million will be made in British Columbia as part of this agreement for the expansion of online medical care scheduling services.
In the next few weeks, the province of British Columbia will chalk out an action plan detailing how these funds will be spent to improve virtual healthcare services for its residents.
According to the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canadians need access to quality health care in light of the present situation for better health. She mentioned that the government would be working in sync with the provinces and territories so that COVID 19 online screening services can be accessed 24×7 to Canadians in the shortest possible time. This investment of $18 million will go a long way in ensuring that British Columbians have no problems accessing healthcare services through COVID-19 online doctor consultation.
The British Columbia Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, added that technology has changed the way British Columbians access health around the clock in a major way. The support of the federal government is essential for providing the tools for virtual healthcare.
Here are some of the milestones in virtual general health care Canada –