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“…the health system has an important role to play in promoting health equity and in ensuring that its policies, programs, and services are available, accessible and acceptable to all British Columbians. This reports builds on previous recommendations to enhance the health system’s ability to respond to the health needs of the population and with ongoing efforts within the province to better meet the needs of underserved populations.
Taking action to resolve health system barriers and issues which may be inadvertently creating or perpetuating health inequities would not only improve the effectiveness of the health system in the provision of chronic disease prevention and treatment programs and services for people who are currently underserved, but would also help to reduce the burden and economic costs of chronic disease and health inequities. A health system that incorporates equity into all aspects of the system will better meet the health needs of currently underserved populations in BC, and by reducing inequities will lead to improved quality of life for all British Columbians.”