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Prescription Drug Coverage Needed to Fight Poverty for Alberta’s Working Class

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Media Release
September 4, 2017
Edmonton

Prescription Drug Coverage Needed to Fight Poverty for Alberta’s Working Class

 

At today’s annual Labour Day barbecue for the unemployed and underemployed organized by the Edmonton & District Labour Council, the EDLC, End Poverty Edmonton & Friends of Medicare are calling for action on universal prescription drug coverage to help fight poverty in Alberta.

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Alberta Can Show Pride by Removing Barriers to Trans Health Care

Media Release
September 1, 2017
Edmonton

Alberta Can Show Pride by Removing Barriers to Trans Health Care

Unequal access to hormone replacement therapy causing wait times

Friends of Medicare are calling on the Government of Alberta to mark Calgary Pride week by removing barriers to health care for trans patients, and end the practice of unequal access to hormone replacement therapy.

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New Dental Fee Guide Fails to Tackle Affordability Issues

Media Release
August 17, 2017
Edmonton

New Dental Fee Guide Fails to Tackle Affordability Issues

After waiting for 20 years for a public Dental Fee Guide, Albertans will only see a 3% reduction of the fees currently being charged by dentists in this province. "For years Albertans have been paying almost double of what the rest of Canadians pay for dental services. A mere 3% reduction being proposed will do nothing to address the issue of affordability which currently prevents Albertans from accessing dental care," says Sandra Azocar, Executive Director with Friends of Medicare.

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Health Advocates Applaud Universal Mifegymiso Coverage

Media Release
July 24
Edmonton

Health Advocates Applaud Universal Mifegymiso Coverage

Friends of Medicare are pleased to see Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman announce universal coverage for the abortion pill mifegymiso today.

"Today's announcement will be especially important to women in rural communities who would normally have to travel to Edmonton or Calgary for abortion," said Executive Director Sandra Azocar. "Our health system should be based on the principle of equitable access to services regardless of your postal code, and covering mifegymiso for all Albertans follows that principle."

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Canadian Health Advocates to Premiers: Stand up for Public Health Care

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Canadian Health Coalition Chair Pauline Worsfold speaks at the rally. Photo credit Linda Silas.
Media Release
July 19, 2017
Edmonton

Canadian Health Advocates to Premiers: Stand up for Public Health Care

 

Health care advocates from across the country gathered in Edmonton today at a rally outside the Hotel Macdonald to call on Canada’s Premiers to fight for patients and call for fair federal funding for health care.

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Pure North Funding Cancellation Welcomed

For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017
Edmonton

Pure North Funding Cancellation Welcomed

Friends of Medicare are pleased to see that Alberta's Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman has cancelled funding for the Precision Health clinic operated by Pure North after CBC News revealed the clinic had been offering unproven treatment to a patient.

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Budget 2017 Resists Pressure to Cut Needed Health Services

For Immediate Release
Edmonton
March 16, 2017

Budget 2017 Resists Pressure to Cut Needed Health Services

Major Work Needs to Begin on Expanding and Improving Universal Public Care

Friends of Medicare are pleased to see funding increases of 3.2% which will cover spending pressures in inflation and population growth. Friends of Medicare are also glad to see the government willing to resist wrong headed calls to cutback an already stretched system.

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Voluntary Blood Donations Act Applauded By Public Health Advocates

For Immediate Release
EDMONTON
March 13, 2017

Sandra Azocar, Kat Lanteigne with BloodWatch.org & CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts presenting petitions to Minister Hoffman calling to ban the sale of plasma.

Sandra Azocar, Kat Lanteigne with BloodWatch.org & CUPE Alberta President Marle Roberts presenting petitions to Minister Hoffman calling to ban the sale of plasma.

Voluntary Blood Donations Act Applauded By Public Health Advocates

Friends of Medicare are applauding Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman on the introduction of Bill 3, the "Voluntary Blood Donations Act", which aims to protect the voluntary blood and plasma collection system in Alberta by banning the sale of plasma in the province.

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Health Care Advocates Dismayed with Ottawa's Divide and Conquer Tactics

For Immediate Release
EDMONTON
March 10, 2017
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Health Care Advocates Dismayed with Ottawa's Divide and Conquer Tactics

Hopes for a Canadian Health Accord Dashed as Provinces Sign Deals

Toronto/Ottawa/Edmonton:

The Ontario, Quebec and Alberta governments, which had initially held out for better, were compelled to sign onto a bilateral health funding deal with Ottawa today. In the federal election, the Trudeau government promised to break with the high-handed approach of the previous Harper government and negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories. Instead, after tabling a take-it-or-leave-it offer in December, Trudeau's government walked away from the table. It is now forcing through bilateral deals with each province, containing a funding level that is inadequate to meet the health care needs of Canadians and was rejected by the provinces and territories as inadequate in December. The scheme will reduce the federal government's share of health care funding over the next decade, reversing gains made in the 2004 Health Accord.

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Canada's Health Coalitions Call for a United Health Accord

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Canada's Health Coalitions Call for a United Health Accord

Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table

Canada’s Health Coalitions signed a joint statement and held a media conference today on the recent bilateral health care deals and called for a united health accord.

The statement follows:

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