Rural Responses to COVID-19 Survey Findings (Summary) – May 2021

BACKGROUND The Rural Evidence Review (RER) – a Centre for Rural Health Research research project – works together with rural patients to provide high-quality and useful evidence for rural health care planning in British Columbia (BC). The project recognizes the importance of rural patient voices in health planning and supports this through research. The RER […]

Out-of-Pocket Costs for Rural Residents When Travelling for Health Care: Results From a Province Wide Survey in British Columbia – July 2020

“This report presents findings from a rural citizen-patient survey on the out-of-pocket costs incurred while traveling to access health care in BC. To our knowledge, it is the first primary research study to systematically document the financial consequences of traveling for care for rural residents in BC and, as such, provides important information for health […]

The Fourth Wave Is Crushing Nurses and Other Health-Care Workers

Exhausted and overworked, they’re fleeing the sector. Unless we act now, we’ll pay a price for decades. By Marilou Gagnon and Damien Contandriopoulos  Marilou Gagnon, PhD, is a professor in nursing at University of Victoria. Damien Contandriopoulos, PhD, is a professor in nursing at the University of Victoria. [Excerpt] Two indicators have profoundly shaped the COVID-19 response in […]


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Nanaimo doctor warns B.C.’s critical care is reaching capacity

August 25, 2021 As COVID-19 cases continue to climb in B.C. due to the highly infectious delta variant, the province is bringing back mandatory masks. “We are reintroducing a mask requirement across British Columbia for all indoor public spaces,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer. Anyone 12 years and older will have to […]

Florida doctor: This devastating Covid surge didn’t need to happen

By Jennifer Caputo-Seidler  August 24, 2021 I recently came across a photo of myself in late December 2020 getting my first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. I was ecstatic. Many of my colleagues posted similar images. Even though we were all wearing masks, no one could miss the smiles on our faces. This vaccine was the […]

B.C. acting to improve ambulance response times, support emergency workers

Wednesday, July 14, 2021  The Province is strengthening B.C.’s ambulance system to ensure it is faster and more responsive to British Columbians, a better place to work for paramedics and dispatchers, and able to rapidly meet changing demands and needs through focused and direct leadership. “When we call for help, we need to know help […]