What we Heard: Coverage on scope of observe for well being care professionals, bettering substance use and psychological well being care

What we Heard: Coverage on scope of observe for well being care professionals, bettering substance use and psychological well being care

As a part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, earlier this yr Docs of BC requested on your ideas on three matters related to your work, and to the occupation as an entire: scope of observe for well being care professionals, substance use care, and psychological well being/psychological sickness care. Your responses will assist to tell subsequent steps on these matters, and be sure that we’re positioned to successfully advocate in your behalf.

Scope of observe for well being care professionals

We sought your input on a refresh of Docs of BC’s present coverage assertion on scope of observe for well being care professionals. Led by the Council on Well being Economics and Coverage (CHEP), this refresh goals to make sure that our coverage place displays your wants and issues.

Whereas scope of observe modifications are a mandatory element of the transfer towards team-based care, we acknowledge they might have broader implications for sufferers, different well being care professionals – together with docs – and the broader well being care system. Making these modifications requires cautious consideration to make sure that well being system effectivity and affected person security are maintained.

We requested on your suggestions on a draft set of coverage rules on scope of observe expansions. These rules are the muse of our advocacy with stakeholders on this subject, reflecting key concerns to information decision-making and motion.

  • Suggestions indicated that each one the coverage rules outlined for consideration have been necessary.
  • Guaranteeing affected person security, establishing and evaluating cost-effectiveness, addressing unintended impacts of expansions (e.g., elevated paperwork, administrative duties), and establishing satisfactory legal responsibility protection for all events in collaborative settings have been additionally famous as necessary.

Learn the complete What We Heard report for extra particulars.

Substance use care

Dangerous substance use stays one of the crucial difficult public well being crises in BC. Whereas the provincial authorities and different companions have taken significant steps to deal with this subject, reducing the general public well being affect of dangerous substance use stays an elusive objective – extra have to be carried out.

Docs of BC’s Council on Well being Promotion (COHP) is growing a coverage paper designed to enhance and modernize our place on substance use care, first developed and detailed in our 2009 coverage paper, Stepping Forward: Improving Addiction Care in BC.

We sought your input to assist us decide if we’re heading in the right direction with our core suggestions, and to raised perceive at the moment’s gaps in substance use care coaching, assets, and different helps for physicians.

  • 80% to 100% of respondents rated all our proposed suggestions as both “necessary” or “crucial.”
  • Suggestions additionally recognized the dearth of entry to acceptable care providers for sufferers as a crucial subject and highlighted the worth in establishing a single, unified referral community for physicians to attach sufferers to acceptable care providers.

Learn the complete What We Heard report for extra particulars.

Psychological well being/psychological sickness care

With the rising prevalence of psychological well being points in BC, there’s a rising demand for care and providers to satisfy a spread of wants. COHP is within the preliminary levels of growing a coverage assertion that addresses the boundaries and challenges of accessing psychological well being care and providers in BC.

To raised perceive members’ medical expertise and perceptions of affected person wants, we sought your input on 5 precedence areas to tell the place we’ll focus our coverage and advocacy efforts.

  • Respondents strongly agreed with our give attention to the 5 recognized precedence areas.
  • In addition they famous boundaries to entry, together with figuring out price of providers and gaps in integration as the highest precedence to deal with in work to enhance the supply of psychological well being care in BC.

Learn the complete What We Heard report for extra particulars.

We are going to proceed to share additional info on our coverage improvement on these matters, together with future engagement with members to help this.  In case you have any questions, please contact

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