The purpose of the Regional Hospital District is to cover the regional share (40 percent) of capital costs of providing approved health care facilities and other grants. It also participates in planning regional health care.
Regional districts are designated under provincial law as Regional Hospital Districts (RHDs) for the purpose of raising capital funds for hospital facilities in their areas. RHDs provide the local share (about 40%) of funding for capital costs associated with the construction, acquisition and maintenance of hospital facilitates and major equipment in their areas. These capital costs are shared with the health authorities according to criteria established by legislation. RHD boards are comprised of municipal and electoral area directors who are members of the corresponding regional district.