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UCP Health Policies Would Move Alberta Backwards to the 1990s

MEDIA RELEASE
JAN 11, 2018

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UCP Health Policies Would Move Alberta Backwards to the 1990s

Modern Health Care Solutions are Needed

Friends of Medicare are calling for a rejection of proposed UCP policies reported by the Calgary Herald yesterday that would see health care services privatized and budgets slashed.

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Greater Role for Public Sector in Hinton Continuing Care Applauded

Greater Role for Public Sector in Hinton Continuing Care Applauded

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Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta welcome a change in direction for continuing care today, with the announcement from Alberta's Ministry of Health that they will now be operating the Mountain View Centre supportive living services in Hinton. The facility is currently operated by the private not-for-profit Good Samaritan Society.

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Government Must Act to Save and Cover Hospital Fertility Services

MEDIA RELEASE
NOV. 30, 2017
EDMONTON

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Government Must Act to Save and Cover Hospital Fertility Services

Friends of Medicare joined patients impacted by the planned closure of uninsured fertility services at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and supporters at the Alberta Legislature today to call on the Ministry of Health to reverse the planned closure and begin covering in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) treatment.

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Government Needs to Take Clear Action to End Blurred Lines for Private Clinics

MEDIA RELEASE
NOV 28, 2017
EDMONTON
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Government Needs to Take Clear Action to End Blurred Lines for Private Clinics

Friends of Medicare are calling for Alberta's Ministry of Health to take clear action to protect patients and the public from profit driven private clinics in light of the release of the Parkland Institute's report Blurred Lines: Private Membership Clinics and Public Health Care today.

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Dental Fee Guide Welcomed But More Action Needed

MEDIA RELEASE
NOV 22, 2017
EDMONTON
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Dental Fee Guide Welcomed But More Action Needed

Friends of Medicare are welcoming today's announcement of a reduced fee guide for dental services in Alberta, and urging the Ministry of Health to add dental coverage to Alberta's health care insurance plan. The guide recommends reductions of 8.5% in 60 common procedures.

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SENDING FERTILITY PATIENTS TO PRIVATE CARE IS THE WRONG DIRECTION

Nov 3
Edmonton
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SENDING FERTILITY PATIENTS TO PRIVATE CARE IS THE WRONG DIRECTION

Friends of Medicare are calling for a reversal of the AHS decision to terminate services at the Edmonton Regional Fertility and Women's Endocrine Clinic at Edmonton's Lois Hole Hospital.

News broke November 2 via twitter that the clinic will no longer offer services such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), as well as donor eggs and sperm programs. Patients will now be referred to private clinics in Edmonton or Calgary for those services.

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RESIDENT AND FAMILY COUNCILS ACT A WELCOME STEP IN PROVIDING PATIENTS A VOICE

NOV 1
EDMONTON

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RESIDENT AND FAMILY COUNCILS ACT A WELCOME STEP IN PROVIDING PATIENTS A VOICE

Friends of Medicare are applauding Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman for introducing Bill 22 the Resident and Family Councils Act.

"Resident and Family Councils are a great tool to give voice to residents of continuing care facilities and their loved ones," said Executive Director Sandra Azocar. "Friends of Medicare have been calling for this for years and it is great to see this step being taken."

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How Will Provinces Cope with $31 Billion Cut

MEDIA RELEASE
OCT 19, 2017
EDMONTON

The Elephant at the Health Ministers' Meetings: How Will Provinces Cope with $31 Billion Cut

New National Report Outlines the Huge Cost of the Failed Health Accord

 

As Health Ministers from across Canada meet in Edmonton this week, Canada's Health Coalitions released a report showing the recent bilateral health schemes pushed through by the Trudeau government have come at a huge cost.  The report "Health Accord Breakdown: Costs and Consequences of the Failed 2016/17 Negotiations" calculates that the failure of the Health Accord will mean a health care funding shortfall of $31 billion for the provinces with no concrete targets to improve public health care for Canadians and no plan to bridge the fiscal gap. Calling the rhetoric around health transformation and target funds for home and mental health care "more PR than substance", the coalitions also tallied the non-monetary costs of the lost Health Accord: the grave problems of under capacity in public hospitals, long-term and community care; long-waits; growing inequities and problems with access to care that will continue without any national plan to address them.

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

September 04, 2017 2:21 PM

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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

September 01, 2017 9:00 AM
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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