Health care in the region is planned, coordinated, and governed by the Interior Health Authority and the Northern Health Authority. All Cariboo Chilcotin residents pay for the costs of building local hospitals and purchasing equipment through two taxes on their property tax notice: the active Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District and the previous Cariboo Regional Hospital District. The Board of Directors has committed to keeping the tax rate for the two Regional Hospital Districts at a sum of $75 per $100,000 of residential assessment.
In 1996, the Ministry of Health changed the boundaries of the Regional Hospital District and created a new Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD). Currently active, the CCRHD cost shares with the Ministry of Health for acute care and extended care capital purchases. The Health Authorities fund 60% while the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District funds 40%.
The Cariboo Regional Hospital District is the previous regional hospital district. Although inactive, the old CRHD must remain in existence until all the debt acquired for capital projects is retired, which is scheduled for 2014.
The South Cariboo Health Centre was constructed in 1999 and 2000 to provide obstetrics, inpatient and diagnostic service, and emergency service. It is overseen by the Interior Health Authority. The facility connects the 100 Mile District General Hospital with the Fisher Place extended care residence, a new multi-level residential care facility that provides single rooms with 24-hour nursing care.
Residents of the Central Cariboo can receive health care at the Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, which operates under the Interior Health Authority. The facility includes 69 beds with 24 acute care beds and 45 extended care beds. Medical, surgical, obstetrical & gynecological and pediatric services are provided. Many of the surgical procedures are now provided safely on an outpatient basis through Daycare Surgery. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency room coverage.
The Northern Health Authority operates the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital and Baker Lodge in Quesnel. The Hospital has 31 acute care beds - 4 Intensive Care Unit beds, 5 Crisis Stabilization beds and a 40-bed extended care facility. Services on site include an internist/cardiologist, an urologist, an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon and 2 general surgeons. A radiologist visits weekly and pathologists are available in Prince George. The hospital has a wide variety of specialized equipment, such as a stress electrocardiogram, an echocardiogram, a gastroscope, a sigmoidoscope, a colonoscope, a bronchoscope and mammography and spirometry machines. The nearest referral hospital is Prince George Regional Hospital.
Northern Health Authority Northern Health is responsible for the delivery of health care across Northern British Columbia, including acute care, mental health, public health, addictions, and home and community care services.
Northern Health Connections Northern Health Connections is a travel service program for patients needing to travel for out-of-town medical appointments in northern BC and in Vancouver, Kamloops and Grande Prairie.
Interior Health Authority Interior Health was created by the Province of British Columbia in December 2001, from the amalgamation of three health regions as well as several local health areas.
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