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Health centres, hospital get $200,000 each for emergency services

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The three main healthcare centres in the Sea to Sky corridor are to get a cash injection from the provincial government to improve public access to emergency services.

Squamish General Hospital, Pemberton Health Centre and Whistler Health Centre will each immediately receive $200,000, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health confirmed.

The province announced in July 2011 that $10 million would be spent around B.C. to provide financial assistance for rural, fee-for-service physicians who commit to ensure reliable public access to emergency services is maintained at local hospitals.

This can include hiring additional doctors, incentives for working weekends, holidays or night shifts and health authority-approved equipment purchases. Physicians will work with their regional health authority to develop community-specific plans.

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