REGIONAL DISTRICT OF CENTRAL KOOTENAY2018 UBCM Minister Meeting
Local Government: Regional District of Central KootenayMinistry: Health, Honourable Adrian Dix
Meeting ID: 60
TOPIC 1: RURAL HEALTH CARE PLANNING AND RURAL TRANSPORTATION
Long term planning for rural health needs requires more support and communication between health authorities and hospital district boards. Services are moving to larger centres and access to services is becoming more and more difficult for residents.
The current transportation criterion is not adequate for rural health needs. Drive times are much longer through mountain passes and in the winter and do not align with the “as the crow flies” measurement used by health authorities for the minimum distance to acute health centres. With bus service in the province all but disappearing, those who cannot drive and do not have support people to assist them do not have the ability to get to appointments or surgeries. Further, if transported in an ambulance they then become stuck at the hospital with no transportation home.
This makes access to health care significantly inhibited for many people in the RDCK and without change or new ideas, will continue to worsen.
The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry change the minimum distance to health care centres and rural centres be based on driving distance rather than an ‘as the crow flies’ measurement.
The RDCK Board respectfully requests that the Ministry request that Interior Health engage the Hospital Districts in its service area improve service delivery in rural areas through long term planning and communication to meet the needs of their rural communities.
Chief Administrative Officer