Virtual General Health Care Canada

Virtual General Health Care Canada
British Columbia, Canada

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 –

  • Investment of $240.5 million towards virtual health care services for the citizens of Canada on the 3rd of May, 2020
  • Of that $150 million will be spent in five priority areas – secure messaging and file transfer, secure videoconferencing, remote patient monitoring technologies, patient access to their COVID-19 and other lab results, and backend support for integration of all new and existing tools
  • The above funding is in addition to $50 million in incremental funding allocated to Canada Health Infoway to strengthen the five priority areas in all territories and provinces
  • Bilateral agreements are deadline-based initiatives to ensure access to healthcare services by Canadians
  • Health Canada is working with provinces and territories for implementing these policies and for safe and high quality virtual general health care in Canada
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