The Failure to Provide Equitable Public Health Services in British Columbia and the Case Study of Physician Assistants

Abstract

This paper presents a picture of an impoverished philosophy of health care in Canada. Our system features weakly designed legal protections which cannot help manifest necessary public health interventions beyond the narrowest confines of ‘medical necessity’. The case study used to illustrate this will be British Columbia’s crisis in healthcare provision, coupled with the province’s failure to regulate physician assistants despite persistent lobbying.

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