Ministry of Health (British Columbia)

The Ministry of Health is a provincial government department responsible for British Columbia's health system, with a mandate to guide and enhance the province's health services to ensure British Columbians are supported in their efforts to maintain and improve their health.

Ministry of Health
Provincial ministry overview
Typepublic health insurance and services
Jurisdictionprovince of British Columbia
HeadquartersVictoria, British Columbia
Annual budget$17.4 Billion Canadian dollar 2015-16
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
Child agencies

Its annual budget for 2012–13 is $16.2 billion.[1] The Ministry leads and manages health programs such as the Medical Services Plan (physician services), PharmaCare (prescription drug coverage) for BC residents. The majority of direct health services are delivered through partnerships with health authorities, physicians and other health professionals. The ministry works with five regional health authorities (Fraser Health, Interior Health, Island Health, Northern Health and Vancouver Coastal Health) and one province-wide health authority (the Provincial Health Services Authority) which is responsible for specialized health services.

The Provincial Health Officer is an independent officer with a focus on public and population health who reports to government through the ministry.


The current Minister of Health is Adrian Dix.

During the first term of the Gordon Campbell government, a separate Ministry of Health Planning was created (led by Sindi Hawkins) but that ministry was later merged back into the main ministry. During the same period there were also two Ministers of State, one for Seniors and another for Mental Health and Addictions.

Former ministers

List of former ministers
Term StartTerm EndMinister
1991Bruce Strachan
November 1991September 1993Elizabeth Cull
September 1993February 1996Paul Ramsey (politician)[2]
February 1996June 1996Andrew Petter[2]
June 1996February 1998Joy MacPhail[2]
February 1998February 2000Penny Priddy[2]
February 2000November 2000Mike Farnworth[2]
November 2000June 2001Corky Evans[2]
June 2001December 2004Colin Hansen[2]
December 2004June 2005Shirley Bond[2]
June 2005June 2009George Abbott (politician)[2]
June 2009November 2010Kevin Falcon[2]
November 2010March 2011Colin Hansen[2]
March 2011September 2012Mike de Jong[2]
September 2012June 2013Margaret MacDiarmid[2]
June 2013June 2017Terry Lake[2]
July 2017INCUMBENTAdrian Dix[2]


  1. Ministry of Health (February 2012). "2012/13 – 2014/15 service plan" (PDF). Retrieved 2 October 2012. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. Fayerman, Pamela (March 14, 2015). "How many health ministers does it take to run B.C.'s medical system….?". Medicine Matters Blog. Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 28 August 2015.

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