Improving Medicare and Finding Savings in Budget 2018
Public sector solutions needed to improve the system and expand access
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.Read more
Moving Forward and Pushing Ahead
Progress and Challenges in 2017
By Sandra Azocar, Executive Director email@example.com
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.Read more