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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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Hinton Needs Long-Term Care Now

Hinton needs long-term care now

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Family members with loved ones in care in Hinton were joined this morning by Public Interest Alberta Executive Director, Joel French, and Friends of Medicare Executive Director, Sandra Azocar, to call on the provincial government to take action to support Hinton residents in need of long-term care. The community had long-term care beds built by the Good Samaritan Society with government support in 2002, but the PC government in 2005 downgraded the beds to supportive living, and the community has been without long-term care ever since.

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Alberta and Ottawa Must Reject Sale of Continuing Care to Chinese Investment Company

Alberta and Ottawa Must Reject Sale of Continuing Care to Chinese Investment Company

Sale of Retirement Concepts to Chinese Insurance Company Anbang Would Impact Patients in 2 Calgary Based Supportive Living Centres

Friends of Medicare are calling on governments in Alberta and Ottawa to oppose and reject the sale of Alberta's continuing care in two Calgary supportive living facilities to international investors.

As reported on November 28 in the Globe & Mail multi-billion dollar Chinese based Anbang Insurance Group intends to takeover BC based Retirement Concepts in a bid estimated to be worth over a billion dollars. Retirement Concepts also owns and operates Millrise Place and Monterey Place supportive living facilities in Calgary.

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Parkland Report Confirms NDP Falling Short On Long-Term Care Promise

Parkland Report Confirms NDP Falling Short on Long-Term Care Promise

Report finds Alberta's continuing care is 79% privatized with no significant improvement since the election of the NDP Government.

Friends of Medicare are calling on the Alberta Government to recommit to their election promise to create "2,000 public long-term care beds over four years" in light of damning evidence provided in today's Parkland Institute "Losing Ground: Alberta's Residential Elder Care Crisis" report on long-term care in Alberta. Further steps should be reviewed and taken to phase out private continuing care entirely, in keeping with their election promise to "end the PCs' costly experiments in privatization, and redirect the funds to publicly delivered services."

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Alberta Government on the Right Side of History with Dynalife Purchase

Alberta Government on the Right Side of History with Dynalife Purchase

Friends of Medicare are elated to hear reports that Alberta Health Services intends to purchase private lab services company Dynalife for $50 million in 2022 when its new 5 year contract expires. 

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Cold Lake Continuing Care Lockout Another Sign of a Broken System

Cold Lake Continuing Care Lockout Another Sign of a Broken System

Friends of Medicare are calling on the Government of Alberta to take steps to fix a broken continuing care system in light of today's news that Points West Living have served notice to lockout their staff in Cold Lake as of September 29.

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15,000 Petition Signatures Presented to Minister Hoffman to Ban Sale of Plasma in Alberta

15,000 Petition Signatures Presented to Minister Hoffman to Ban Sale of Plasma in Alberta 

Kat Lanteigne, Minister Hoffman, Sandra Azocar & Marle Roberts

Today at the steps of the Alberta Legislature, Alberta Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman was presented with a SumOfUs petition with over 15,000 signatures calling on provincial Health Ministers to "implement legislation that ensures no for-profit, donor-paid blood plasma collection clinics are allowed to operate in Canada."

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