The importance of Community Health Centres in BC’s primary care reforms
Summary: As BC moves to support a role for CHCs within a larger agenda for reforming primary care, what can we learn from other jurisdictions where CHCs are integrated into the broader primary care system? How can we support CHCs in BC to be leaders in improving the quality of care for the entire health system?
There are many family physicians looking for team-based care models and alternatives to fee-for-service remuneration, making CHCs an attractive workplace setting for the new generation of graduating family physicians.

Evidence for the CHC model

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives call for a closer look at the gains to be made in primary health care through the Community Health Centre (CHC) model. The authors argue: "The CHC model is well-positioned to address the primary health care challenges we face in both rural and urban British Columbia, while also helping to reduce health care costs through quality improvement and addressing the social determinants of health.
We have the evidence that Community Health Centres could play a very positive role in BC’s primary care transformation efforts."

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