|Sandra Azocar under the "Medicare umbrella" (as all Canadians should be) in front of Parliament in Ottawa on December 4, 2012.|
The current agreement between the federal government and the provinces on health care will expire in 2014. We need a new ten-year Health Accord that meets the future health care needs of all Canadian regardless of where they live or their income level.
In imposing its own terms on the provinces, the federal government has in effect cut $36 billion out of Canadians’ health care over the next 10 years.
So what should we be asking for from the federal government?
Friends of Medicare, in partnership with the Canadian Health Coalition, is calling for the federal government to take action on the following:
1. A continuing care strategy that would integrate home, facility-based long-term, respite, and palliative care services.
2. A Pharmacare program that provides universal and equitable access to safe and appropriate medication for all Canadians.
3. Adequate and stable funding to the provinces for health care, including the continuance of the 6 per cent annual escalator.
Further, the government must enforce the national standards in the Canada Health Act, including the ban on user fees and extra billing, and enforcement of reporting requirements.