Welcome to the Public Health Association of British Columbia`s Election Toolkit website.
The Health Voices Election Toolkit is a way for PHABC membership and British Columbians who are concerned about the future of health care in BC to advocate for long term improvements to our health care system, and create a healthier future. Two things can transform the health of all British Columbians:
Poverty is bad for your health
BC needs a provincial poverty reduction plan.
Poverty is a major contributor to health inequities. This results in higher costs for our health and social service system and negative social impacts to our communities.
It is estimated that $1.2 billion in health care costs could be avoided if disadvantaged British Columbians were as healthy as those with higher education and incomes.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
We need a significant increase in preventative health care (health interventions that take place before the onset of illness).
Current funding for public and population health approaches only make up 3% of the $17 billion provincial health care budget. We need to double this number to 6%.
More public health funding will help ensure that British Columbians are on track for a healthy future, and will help ensure the sustainability of our health care system.
BC needs your action
Elections are a critical opportunity every 4 years to generate commitment to policy change.
By asking political parties and candidates to clarify their positions on important issues and helping them better understand the issues of significance to public health, we can and will make a difference.
The toolkit is for you. Explore it!
Learn more about the issues, spread the word and take action to create a healthier society.