How We Started 

Fifteen years ago, Doctors of BC and the BC government committed to a unique partnership to improve BC’s health care system together. 

Four Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs) — Family Practice Services (FPSC), Specialist Services (SSC), Shared Care (SCC) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) — were created to support this shared goal, with funds allocated to the committees from the Physician Master Agreement (PMA) — an agreement negotiated between Doctors of BC and the BC government. 

Collaborating for health

This approach, a first of its kind in Canada, brings together doctors, government, health authorities, patients, families, and other stakeholders to work collaboratively for system change. All work is grounded on the principles of quality improvement (QI) methodologies of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and framed around the Triple Aim.

Distinct but aligned

Although each of the JCCs has its own distinct mandate, the committees work to align and integrate efforts to improve care regionally and provincially. They also support physicians in developing leadership skills so they can get involved to make a difference.

How far we’ve come

Fifteen years later, this unique partnership continues to allow physicians to act as advocates for the best possible care for their patients, and offers them the opportunity to affect real change in the system in which they work.

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