Health Policy

Partnering with Physicians

January 19, 2014

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” This quote from Henry Ford could have been our driver for developing a policy paper that supports the development of collaborative and constructive partnerships between physicians, the Ministry of Health, health authorities and the University of British Columbia to maintain and enhance high-quality care.

This policy paper identifies levers that can help or hinder partnerships. It also defines the physician’s role and the organization’s role in creating and growing relationships. The paper contains recommendations that aim to improve and promote physician engagement in BC and outlines what Doctors of BC’s commits to doing to help achieve this goal.


In order to improve and promote physician engagement in BC, Doctors of BC is committed to:

  1. Promoting physician engagement on matters related to quality, patient safety and health system planning and evaluation.
  2. Supporting transparent decision-making that is based on meaningful physician engagement, the best available evidence, and the Institute of Health Improvement’s Triple Aim principles (e.g., enhancing patient care, improving population health, reducing per capita cost of care).
  3. Promoting effective medical leadership for creating, improving and maintaining effective and efficient health care services. 

For a full look at the policy paper, please see Partnering with Physicians.