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National Seniors Care Strategy

After working all their lives, seniors deserve to live with dignity. Without a pan-Canadian strategy to ensure a consistent continuum of care, many seniors are falling through the cracks.

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Setting the stage for 2019: Conference Slides

Conference slides now available to view

FOM's 2018 conference, "Setting the Stage for 2019: Ushering in Progressive Health Policy" was held on Saturday, May 26. We were fortunate to hear from leading health policy experts including Dr. Michael Rachlis, Dr. Marc-André Gagnon, Andrew Longhurst, Steven Shrybman, and Ricardo Acuña. 

The slides from Dr. Rachlis' keynote, and Andrew Longhurst's seniors' care presentation have been made available on our website.

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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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Our Palliser Chapter celebrate its 10th anniversary!

Happy 10th Birthday to Friends of Medicare Palliser!

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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

February 05, 2018 12:46 PM

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

February 02, 2018 4:13 PM

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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