B.C. to announce plans to re-schedule surgeries that were cancelled due to COVID-19

The B.C. government is set to unveil plans Wednesday morning on how elective and non-essential surgeries that had been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be re-booked, starting this month. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix are set to outline plans to clear the backlog after thousands of surgeries were put on hold to free up hospital […]

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Coronavirus: B.C. health officials to provide Tuesday update

B.C. health officials are set to provide their daily update on Tuesday on the novel coronavirus pandemic, a day after saying they’re looking to ease physical-distancing restrictions. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix will unveil the new numbers at 3 p.m. PT. On Monday, Henry reported 50 more confirmed cases of COVID-19 and three more […]

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Pride crosswalks unveiled at Merritt hospital after local city council rejected them

It’s being touted as a victory for inclusivity. B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix officially unveiled a pair of rainbow crosswalks at the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre in Merritt on Monday. The crosswalks, one outside the hospital and one inside, were inspired by a push by local secondary school students. “These crosswalks were inspired by the advocacy of students […]

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B.C. government considers requiring students to register measles immunizations

The B.C. government is looking at requiring parents to register with schools whether they have vaccinated their children or not. Health Minister Adrian Dix says Ontario and New Brunswick have a registration system now with exemptions for children who can be vaccinated for medical or other reasons. “That issue has been considered in the past and is obviously under active […]

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Low income families now don’t pay deductibles on prescription drugs in B.C.

Lower income British Columbians are now no longer paying deductibles and co-payments for prescription drugs. Health Minister Adrian Dix spoke to reporters on Friday about the 240,000 families that, as of January, 1 can access the three-year, $105-million investment made by the provincial government. “No one should have to make the difficult decision between their family’s health and putting food on […]

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B.C. government to fund expensive treatments for hearts failure and liver disease

The B.C. government has approved the coverage of expensive drugs that will help British Columbians living with heart failure, liver disease or pulmonary arterial hypertension. Health Minister Adrian Dix says the drugs will benefit approximately 950 British Columbians and the estimated overall cost to add these drugs is approximately $21.7 million over the next three years. “The drugs will create very […]

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