How We Started
Twenty years ago, Doctors of BC and the BC government committed to a unique partnership —the Joint Collaborative Committees (JCCs)— to improve BC’s health care system.
The JCCs bring together doctors, government, health authorities, patients and families, health professions, and other stakeholders to improve access to care by centering it on patients and families/caregivers, building physician capacity, and coordinating system services.
The four JCCs are: Family Practice Services Committee (FPSC), Specialist Services Committee (SSC), Shared Care Committee (SCC) and the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC)— were created to support this shared goal, with funds allocated to the committees from the Physician Master Agreement (PMA) — an agreement negotiated between Doctors of BC and the BC government.
This approach, a first of its kind in Canada, brings together doctors, government, health authorities, patients, families, and other stakeholders to work collaboratively for system change. All work is grounded on the principles of quality improvement (QI) methodologies of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, and framed around the Triple Aim.
Distinct and Aligned
Each of the JCCs has its own distinct mandate and work to align and integrate efforts to improve care regionally and provincially. They also support physicians in developing leadership skills so they can get involved to make a difference.
How Far We’ve Come
Fifteen years later, this unique partnership continues to allow physicians to act as advocates for the best possible care for their patients, and offers them the opportunity to affect real change in the system in which they work.