On Monday, July 20, 2015, the Board members and the staff of Friends of Medicare met with Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. The meeting was productive and insightful, with mutual respect and shared values characterizing the exchanges.
Minister Hoffman will be looking to Friends of Medicare for input on the government's healthcare priorities, and Friends of Medicare is committed to a collaborative and consultative relationship. During the meeting, we emphasized the importance of publicly funded and publicly delivered healthcare, specifically in relation to the privatization of laboratory services, home care, and primary care. Minister Hoffman was receptive to our concerns and advocacy, and we remain optimistic.