For immediate release
February 1, 2023
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the new longitudinal payment model for family physicians coming into effect, Sonia Furstenau, leader of the B.C. Greens and MLA for Cowichan Valley has issued the following statement:
“Congratulations to the family doctors who have long been advocating for changes to their outdated payment model. Family doctors have been forced to prioritize quantity over quality of patient care and run a business in their off time.
“This new longitudinal model addresses one piece of these unsustainable conditions and provides an acknowledgement of the working conditions that our family doctors have been forced to maintain.
“The next step must be to focus on the public. We need community health centres across the province. CHCs built by teams of healthcare professionals focus on whole-person health and provide healthcare that meets the needs of individual communities. It is time for this government to make patient-centred community-based care a priority.”
B.C. Green Caucus
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