Table 1

Characteristics of antenatal models of care in British Columbia

Antenatal care provider
MidwifeGeneral practitionerObstetrician
Total BC population
Provider involved in ANC*22.4%UnavailableUnavailable
Delivery provider†14.0%32.5%51.2%
Patient risk levelLow to moderate‡Low to moderateLow, moderate and high
Access to servicesSelf-referralSelf-referralReferral by an MW or GP on request or by indication, or self-referral for a repeat pregnancy
Cost of services for BC residents§100% coverage by provincial medical insurance100% coverage by provincial medical insurance100% coverage by provincial medical insurance
Practitioner’s billing methodPer course of care, MWs can bill for full care (100%) or partial care (40% or 60%) per trimester, depending on patient transferPer ANC visitPer ANC visit