Since October 1, 2015, BC laboratory services are administered under the Laboratory Services Act (LSA) and its regulations. Before this
- The Medicare Protection Act (MPA) governed facilities providing laboratory services for outpatient services (through fee-for-service).
- The Hospital Insurance Act (HIA) governed globally funded laboratory services.
Under the LSA, the Minister of Health approves facilities to provide laboratory services, adhering to the principle of facilitating reasonable access to medically necessary laboratory services for registered beneficiaries throughout BC. The Ministry of Health issues the Laboratory Services Outpatient Payment Schedule under the LSA for reimbursement to operators of approved laboratory facilities (effective October 1, 2015).
Effective April 1, 2019, BC’s Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is responsible for processing requests for approval of laboratory facilities and related services. Please direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the LSA came into force, the Ministry of Health classified existing laboratories as “grand-parented” under the LSA and these labs continued to provide laboratory services to patients enrolled as beneficiaries under the MPA. These “grand-parented” facilities include
- laboratory facilities previously associated with a hospital under the HIA
- diagnostic facilities that previously provided laboratory services under the MPA
- specimen collection stations associated with either a hospital or diagnostic facility
- facilities that are funded, managed, or operated by a prescribed agency (BC Cancer, BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Children’s and Women’s Health Centres, and Provincial Health Services Authority)