Other Arthritis Services

The Mary Pack Arthritis Program (MPAP) is not the only provider of arthritis services in British Columbia. Other services are available in the public and private health care system

Hospital services

  • Require a doctor’s referral
  • Are covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  • Usually have the expertise to deal with complex types of arthritis (e.g., inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis)

Private practice providers

  • Do not require a doctor’s referral
  • May be covered by Extended Health Benefits or are paid for out of pocket
  • Generally have short or no wait times to receive service
  • Usually have the expertise to treat common types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritisOsteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that affects the cartilage. It is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. It can also be called degenerative joint disease. Complex osteoarthritis is when osteoarthritis affects two or more joints., or soft tissue conditions like tendonitisInflammation or irritation of a tendon, a thick cord that attaches bone to muscle., frozen shoulderFrozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Over time, the shoulder becomes very hard to move., etc.

Non-Treatment Arthritis Services

Online services

  • Our Internet resources page lists a wide variety of organizations that provide education, mutual support and tools and apps for symptom management

Participate in research – Arthritis Research Canada

  • Participating in research can provide access to treatments or interventions that would not otherwise be available
  • Participate in educational events to hear what researchers in BC have learned

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society provides a wide range of resources and services to support people with arthritis in British Columbia.