Funding Fair and Sustainable Cancer Programs and Services in British Columbia:
A Deliberative Public Engagement
In Canada, provincial governments are responsible for funding health care. When it comes to cancer, they are responsible for supporting patients and families through the full range of cancer programs and services, including prevention, screening/early detection, diagnosis and treatment, survivorship and recovery, and coping with end of life. The challenge is how to provide the best possible care when there isn’t enough money to fund everything needed.
To examine issues on how best to support the range of cancer programs and services in British Columbia, we are hosting a public deliberation event titled Funding Fair and Sustainable Cancer Programs and Services in British Columbia: a Deliberative Public Engagement in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, on April 13-14 and April 27-28, 2019. The deliberation is led by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, BC Cancer and the Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC).
Between 25 and 30 randomly selected adults (18 years of age and over) from across British Columbia will be invited to come together to share their views on funding cancer programs and services in a public deliberation. During the event, participants will hear from several experts and key stakeholders with diverse views on cancer programs, services, and related issues.
Participants will work together in small- and large-group formats over the 4 days to identify and discuss important issues relevant to funding decisions for cancer programs and services. The goal of the event is for participants to collectively develop policy recommendations that reflect what is important to them about the topic.
Prior to attending the event, participants will receive an information booklet to help them prepare for the deliberation. No prior knowledge of the topic is necessary to participate. All participants must attend all 4 days of the deliberation.
If you are a resident of British Columbia and are interested in participating in the deliberation, please complete a short eligibility survey by clicking on the link below. The survey is in two parts: Part A asks for social and demographic information about you and Part B asks for your views on cancer programs and services. This information is collected by the research team to ensure that a diversity of experiences and social perspectives is represented at the event.