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Setting the stage for 2019

Setting the stage for 2019

Matters to be considered as we approach Election 2019

With an international spotlight on the divisive UCP debate on May 6 at their AGM in Red Deer over notifying parents of children joining Gay-Straight-Alliances, another important debate was being overlooked.

The UCP chose to head down a dangerous path to American style for-profit health care where the wealthy can pay to push the rest of us to the back of the line.

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Graff-McRae: Some modes of elder care delivery are more equal than others

Some Modes of Elder Care Delivery Are More Equal Than Others

We wanted to share this article from Rebecca Graff-McRae, a research manager at the Parkland Institute. The article originally appeared in the Calgary Herald on February 10, 2018.

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Public Good or Private Profit?

Public Good or Private Profit?

Who will benefit from new home care funding?

This article was included in our 2017 year end newsletter sent to Friends of Medicare members. We intend to publish our newsletter every year so make sure you sign up today so you can get your copy for 2018!

Friends of Medicare were pleased to see Alberta's Budget 2017 include a $201 million increase to community and home care funding, an 11% increase from the previous year.

Investment in home care will be a key priority in providing more dignified care, allowing seniors and other patients to stay in their homes. Without adequate homecare, many patients will end up in significantly more expensive long-term care or even hospital beds.

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Making Improvements or Losing Ground?

Making Improvements or Losing Ground?

Alberta Seniors Deserve Better Long-Term Care

This article was included in our 2017 year end newsletter sent to Friends of Medicare members. We intend to publish our newsletter every year so make sure you sign up today so you can get your copy for 2018!

There's an understanding in Alberta that our continuing care system is in crisis. This was acknowledged by the Alberta NDP in the 2015 election, and more recently by the University of Alberta based Parkland Institute in their fall 2016 report "Losing Ground" by David Campanella.

The Parkland report shined a light on what Friends of Medicare has been saying for years - that public ownership and operation of long-term care was preferable to privatization, and that patients were being short changed by the growth of private providers.

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My Body My Choice?

My Body My Choice?

Abortion Pills, Hormone Replacement Therapy, and Fertility Services

This article was included in our 2017 year end newsletter sent to Friends of Medicare members. We intend to publish our newsletter every year so make sure you sign up today so you can get your copy for 2018!

The Alberta Government announced on July 24 that they would be providing access to Mifegymiso, a medical abortion pill, at no cost to all Albertans.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman was quoted on the decision saying "Women's reproductive options should not be determined by their income or where they live."

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It's Time to Expand Medicare

It's Time to Expand Medicare

Will Canadians See Pharmacare Started by 2020?

by Trevor Zimmerman - pictured below speaking on pharmacare in Medicine Hat. Photo credit Jason Soklofske.

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This article was included in our 2017 year end newsletter sent to Friends of Medicare members. We intend to publish our newsletter every year so make sure you sign up today so you can get your copy for 2018!

2020 is "the year we begin to see national pharmacare being implemented," said Liberal MP John Oliver to a recent iPoliticsLive luncheon panel.

This is welcome news, but we still don't have a commitment from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or any members of the federal Liberal cabinet. The campaign for pharmacare is far from over.

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The Problem With Private Clinics

The Problem With Private Clinics

Health Ministers Must Enforce Canada Health Act

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This article was included in our 2017 year end newsletter sent to Friends of Medicare members. We intend to publish our newsletter every year so make sure you sign up today so you can get your copy for 2018!

The case against private clinics got even stronger in 2017. Two reports were released - Blurred Lines: Private Membership and Public Health Care by the Parkland Institute and Private Clinics & the Threat to Public Medicare in Canada by the Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) that showed problems with excessive fees and implied queue jumping for the wealthy in Alberta and across the country.

 

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Health Advocacy at Work

Health Advocacy at Work

We wanted to share this letter from Whitemud Citizens for Public Health to Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre, Randy Boissonnault

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(Pictured left to right: Frank Horvath, Randy Boissonnault, Elaine Fleming, and Baldwin Reichwein)

Whitemud Citizens for Public Health (WCPH) is doing great work as advocates for a better public health system. This is a great example of bringing issues in front of Members of Parliament.

Friends of Medicare is happy to help others interested in meeting with their MPs as well.

Members of WCPH met with Edmonton Centre MP Randy Boissonnault about the federal responsibility for funding pharmacare, medicare and the continuation and expansion of the Canada Health Act. Their full follow-up letter can be found below.

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Improving Medicare and Finding Savings in Budget 2018

January 15, 2018 9:51 AM

Improving Medicare and Finding Savings in Budget 2018

Public sector solutions needed to improve the system and expand access

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Friends of Medicare were able to attend a Government of Alberta consultation session leading into Budget 2018.

Medicare as we know it still needs expansion. While we are proud of the economic barriers we've removed for things like hospital care and physician visits, many areas of service remain under costly private sector delivery with growing out of pocket costs for patients.

The time is now to build on the legacy of Tommy Douglas and improve the system while removing barriers to access.

The highlights of our submission are below, and you can download the full submission here.

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Progress and Challenges in 2017

December 27, 2017 11:02 AM

Moving Forward and Pushing Ahead

Progress and Challenges in 2017

By Sandra Azocar, Executive Director fominfo@telus.net

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A preview of our 2017 year end newsletter being mailed to Friends of Medicare members.

Be sure to renew your membership for 2018 today!

We began 2017 with uncertainty for public health care advocates. Justin Trudeau’s divide and conquer strategy on health accord negotiations were taking shape. Unaddressed problems in private seniors care were highlighted with the Christmas lockout of the care and support staff at the for profit supportive living centre run by Points West Living in Cold Lake. Questions remained over what direction public health care would be going with changes in governments in Ottawa and Edmonton.

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