B.C. spends little on healthy living: AG report
B.C. Auditor General John Doyle prepares a report in his office in this file photo. (CTV)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 2:42PM PST
B.C.'s auditor general says the province spends less than five per cent of its annual $15.5 billion health-care budget on population wellness and disease prevention despite a healthy-living theme touted by the provincial government.
John Doyle's report highlights how little was spent on population health and wellness programs even though the well-being of British Columbians has been a major focus in every government throne speech since 2008.
Doyle's report says Health Ministry expenditures for promoting health and disease prevention was $536 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year.
His report says B.C. spends almost 40 per cent of its total budget on health care, with acute care costs reaching $7.4 billion annually.
The report isn't a traditional audit, but was designed to help the public and legislators understand where health-care dollars are being spent.
Doyle's ongoing status as auditor general has been the focus of much political debate lately after an all-party government committee decided not to renew his six-year contract, but Premier Christy Clark stepped in and promised to amend legislation that could extend Doyle's term.