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.
GPSC Co-chair Dr Shelley Ross comments on the UBC Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) research paper. >
Doctors can now access simple and useful PSP screening and diagnostic tools in their EMRs. PSP has partnered with EMR vendors to provide clinical, patient, and community resources. These specialized tools help improve identification of patients with often under-diagnosed conditions such as chronic pain, adult mental health, child and youth mental health, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. >