Over time, the supports provided by A GP for Me will:
Research internationally and in BC demonstrates that good primary care is beneficial to patient health and leads to a more sustainable health care system*.
Family physicians are central to primary care delivery. Recognizing this, the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) – a joint committee of the Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC – is expanding A GP for Me beyond the three communities (White Rock - South Surrey, Cowichan Valley, and Prince George) that piloted the program and making it available to all practising family doctors who are providing continuous care to patients in BC.
In February 2013, $132.4 million in funding was announced for two GPSC programs aimed at improving primary care in BC.
A GP for Me provides support at two levels: the physician level and the community level.
Family physicians are critical to this planning process. If you are not already a member, we encourage you to provide your contact information to your local division. The more doctors who get involved to contribute their ideas to the plan, the better.
*Starfield, B. L. Shi, H.-Y. Chang, K.W. Lemke and J.P. Weiner. 2009. “Ambulatory Specialist Use by Nonhospitalized Patients in US Health Plans: Correlated and Consequences.” Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 32(3):216-25.
This summary presents key items discussed by the GPSC Visioning Steering Committee (VSC) at the June 9 meeting to inform local divisions of family practice and family physicians about the process. >
The GPSC is continuing to accept applications until June 1, 2015 for its Maternity Care for BC (MC4BC) program. Family physicians interested in training and for support for low-risk maternity services are encouraged to participate in the program, which offers mentorship, hands-on experience, and financial support. >