News Release: Provincial budget delivers critical investments in public services

Health Sciences Association of BC says today’s provincial budget makes critical social investments that will strengthen public services and make life more affordable for all British Columbians.

HSA represents 18,000 highly trained specialists working in diagnostic MRI, sonography and lab testing, physiotherapy, social work, radiation therapy, pharmacy, early childhood development and many other health science and social service professions.

“HSA members across our province are faced with rising housing and child care costs,” said HSA President Val Avery. “This budget takes action on pressing challenges facing all British Columbians. We are very encouraged to see investments in our public health care system and a fair plan for replacing revenue from the elimination of MSP premiums.”

HSA has advocated for provincial action to address long wait times for families trying to access early childhood intervention services, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language pathology.

“HSA members see the effects of inadequate funding and the lack of health human resources planning,” Avery said. “Recruitment and retention for health science professionals is a big challenge – and means that families and children can face long waits accessing publicly funded care.”

The new BC child care program – a $1 billion investment over three years – builds a strong foundation for early childhood development that meets the needs of all families and children.

 “A focus on inclusive child care for children with disabilities is very welcome news,” Avery said.​

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