Terry Lake

Health minister orders review of B.C. telemedicine program

Health Minister Terry Lake said the main goal of the telemedicine review is to ensure the service is high quality and affordable for the health system. Photograph by: NICK PROCAYLO , PNG

Health minister Terry Lake has ordered a sweeping review of telemedicine care in B.C., saying in an interview he’s concerned videoconference visits between patients in one location and doctors in another could become “virtual walk-in clinics” with unsustainable costs on the health care system.

Patients have embraced the technology with gusto as visits covered by the taxpayer-funded Medical Services Plan grew a whopping 735 per cent in the last year alone.

St. Paul's Hospital Redevelopment And Seismic Safety Discussed In Bc Legislature

The following exchange regarding St. Paul's Hospital occurred between NDP MLA George Heyman and health minister Terry Lake in the BC Legislature during Question Period on March 26, 2014.

NDP MLA George Heyman:

B.C. hopes to ease jail crowding by hiking salaries of forensic psychiatrists to attract more doctors

Photograph by: Adrian Lam , Times Colonist

The B.C. government is trying to ease a psychiatric care crisis in correctional facilities by offering to increase the salaries of forensic psychiatrists, Health Minister Terry Lake said Monday.

A severe shortage of forensic psychiatrists and beds at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in Port Coquitlam has resulted in mentally ill people languishing in jail instead of being treated at the hospital.

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