Government is committed to providing British Columbians with a health-care system that meets the demands of a population that is both changing and aging.
- Part of that commitment means ensuring health-care funding is kept at sustainable levels.
- British Columbia's strong economic growth and fiscal discipline have meant the highest-ever investment in the health of British Columbians, reaching a record $19.1 billion in 2015-16.
- MSP premium revenue provides for 13% of overall spending on health care.
- Since 2002, spending on health has increased each year by an average of 4.5%, while MSP rates have increased by an average of 2.6% a year.
- From 2010-11 to 2015-16, the MSP premiums revenue budget has increased by $658 million, while the Ministry of Health’s operating budget has increased by $2.6 billion.
- Over the next three years, government is adding a total of $1.5 billion in new funding to the Ministry of Health's operating budget. That budget has increased to $17.4 billion in 2015-16 ─ more than double the 2000-01 budget of $8.3 billion.
- On Jan. 1, 2016, Medical Services Plan full premium rates increase by about 4% for B.C. residents making over $30,000 per year. That’s an increase of:
- $3 per month for a single person (to $75);
- $5.50 per month for a couple (to $136); and
- $6 per month for a family of three or more (to $150).
- Rates remain unchanged for those with incomes of up to $30,000 who receive assistance with premiums.
- As at June 2015, nearly one million British Columbia residents were receiving MSP premium assistance, including approximately 800,000 residents who pay no MSP premiums at all. That is about 17% of the population.
- This also includes 32% of all B.C. seniors who receive some level of premium assistance and will continue to do so as long as they remain eligible.
- In 2014-15, the Province subsidized approximately $911 million of MSP premium payments through Premium Assistance.
- In 2014-15, government invested $900 million in health-sector funding for renewed and expanded infrastructure. In 2015-16 this is forecasted to grow to $1.04 billion. Capital investments include projects like the new $381-million Interior Heart and Surgical Centre at Kelowna General Hospital and the $606-million North Island Hospitals project.
- In 2015, government also announced $259 million for the first phase of redevelopment of the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, a new $105-million centre for mental health and addictions treatment on the Riverview Lands and a commitment to a brand new St. Paul’s hospital in Vancouver.
- The Government of B.C. is investing an extra $10-million to increase the number of surgeries performed throughout the province this year. As part of this, health authorities completed approximately 3,900 additional surgeries between June and November. Further increases will continue through March 2016.
- A new four-year MRI strategy will help health authorities address patient wait-lists for MRIs by making 65,000 more scans available each year once fully implemented.
Laura HeinzeMedia Relations Manager
Ministry of Health
250 952-1887 (media line)