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B.C. says no to private health care

<p>As the last of 16 conversations wrapped up, one thing was clear: British Columbians do not want private health care.</p>




As the last of 16 conversations wrapped up, one thing was clear: British Columbians do not want private health care.





The forums known as the Conversations on Health were initiated last year to get public input into the province’s health-care system. More than 2,400 people partook in 74 meetings across B.C., which generated 10,200 suggestions.





Some of the ideas proposed included a focus on illness prevention and better 24-hour emergency care.





But at a cost of $10 million, some groups are concerned the Conversations are a costly process.





“There really needs to be actual recommendations that encourage public innovation, not a focus on a user-pay system,” said Leslie Dickout from the B.C. Health Coalition.





Health Minister George Abbott said this was not the case and people will see improvements to health-care as a result.





“This input will help guide the next steps B.C. takes to strengthen and improve the public health system so that it best serves this and future generations,” Abbott said in a release.





British Columbians can still take part in the Conversations on Health until Sept. 30, 2007.


 
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