Healthcare Resources for Survivors

Access the links below for resources and information on how to support survivors when accessing healthcare.

 

Medical care and forensic exams can be distressing for survivors. Click the link for information on trauma-informed and survivor-centred healthcare strategies and practices.

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Provincial Language Services provides interpreting services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge to BC patients and/or their families.  

Persons that are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing are eligible for medical interpreting services if they are residents of BC and enrolled with the Medical Services Plan (PHSA, n.d.).   

Patients and/or their designates can access on-site, over the phone, virtual health visit and video remote spoken and/or sign language interpreting services by asking their healthcare provider to submit a request to Provincial Language Services.  

Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing patients and/or their designate should ask their healthcare providers to submit a request for sign language interpreting services to Provincial Language Services. Patients can also request interpreting services through Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility.   

Click here for more information. 

All BC Health Authorities have Indigenous health services that support patients, families and staff and the delivery of culturally safe healthcare

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Trans Care BC’s health navigation team is a provincial resource that helps Two-Spirit, trans and non-binary people identify health-care system pathways, get information, and find services, resources and supports related to trans health (Trans Care BC, n.d.).  Click here for more information.  

Trans Care BC has developed tips and guidance to help survivors advocate for their trans health needs in hospital and clinical settings.

Click the link for information on survivor accessibility support resources and practices.

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Click the link for information on how to support vulnerable and older adult survivors.

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It is important to discuss the potential costs of accessing healthcare services with the survivor, especially if they do not have private, provincial, or federal health insurance.

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