2014 | 2015 ANNUAL REPORT REPORT FROM DR BILL CAVERS, PRESIDENT The road to better patient care A most enjoyable part of being President has been travelling the province and meeting with so many of you. I learned many things, including your specific regional concerns and that different regions share many concerns—but above all, I learned that we are united in our commitment to provide the best care for our patients and their families. Many physicians are taking active roles in helping build a better health care system in BC. Doctors of BC has worked hard to enable this participation. The collaborative programs that we co-manage with government allow physicians to share decisionmaking in the areas of primary care, rural health, specialist services, and the provision of seamless patient care. In fact, this Annual Report contains many stories of the innovations fostered through these collaborative committees. For example, Divisions of Family Practice made big strides with A GP for Me helping patients get a family doctor. Moving forward, this program will be expanding, as will an exciting engagement initiative derived from the Physician Master Agreement enabling facility-based physicians to have a stronger voice in health authority decision-making. For Doctors of BC to provide value to you as members, we need to be fully engaged with you—to hear your concerns and to respond to them—so in 2015, you will see a new initiative supporting increased engagement between Board delegates and members. We are also developing new proposals for changing the governance structure of Doctors of BC, including one for a smaller Board. You can expect to see a web-based process this fall that will allow you to have ongoing input into this. Following the Supreme Court decision on physicianassisted death, Doctors of BC will be participating in CMA-led input into any new federal legislation, to ensure that physicians’ voices are heard. It has been a privilege to represent you as your President. I want to thank the members of the Board and the staff of Doctors of BC for making this a rewarding and fulfilling year for our whole organization.
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