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Friends of Medicare Applauds Alberta Government for Protecting Women's Access to Health Care Services

MEDIA RELEASE
APRIL 5, 2018

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FRIENDS OF MEDICARE APPLAUDS ALBERTA GOVERNMENT FOR PROTECTING WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES

Friends of Medicare is extremely pleased to see the introduction of Bill 9: The Protecting Choice for Women Accessing Health Care Act, which will ensure that women in Alberta can freely exercise their right to safely access health care services.
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Restrained Spending in Budget 2018 Sets Unwelcome Precedent

MEDIA RELEASE
MARCH 22, 2018

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RESTRAINED SPENDING IN BUDGET 2018 SETS UNWELCOME PRECEDENT

In the past three budgets, this government has managed to maintain the line of health care spending, staying slightly above population and inflation growth. Budget 2018 represents a concerning trend of spending restraints by only increasing health care spending by 3%, not even meeting population and inflation growth of 3.5%.
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Friends of Medicare and the Canadian Health Coalition Oppose Morneau's Plan to Limit Access to Drugs

MEDIA RELEASE
FEB 28, 2018
OTTAWA

Friends of Medicare and the Canadian Health Coalition Oppose Morneau's Plan to Limit Access to Drugs

The Canadian Health Coalition (CHC), representing health care advocates across Canada, and Friends of Medicare (FOM), its Alberta affiliate, have called the finance minister's backing away from a universal public drug plan a betrayal of the expressed desire of Canadians for what has been called the "unfinished business" of Medicare.

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Nine out of 10 Canadians Want to See the Federal Government Enforce the Canada Health Act

MEDIA RELEASE
FEB 26, 2018
OTTAWA

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Nine out of 10 Canadians Want to See the Federal Government Enforce the Canada Health Act

As the Alberta affiliate of the Canadian Health Coalition, Friends of Medicare is in the nation's capital this week to focus on provincial and national issues related to privatization and the proliferation of private clinics across the country. A new poll conducted by EKOS Polling and commissioned by the Canadian Health Coalition shows 9 out of 10 Canadians want the federal government to intervene when unlawful billing takes place.

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Trans and Health Care Advocates Holding Event on Barriers to Care

Media Release

Jan 30, 2018

Trans and Health Care Advocates Holding Event on Barriers to Care

Advocates for a more inclusive health care system from B.C. and Alberta are gathering at a town hall meeting on Thursday, February 1 in Edmonton to discuss barriers to access for trans patients, and how centres outside Alberta have had success providing more equal access to care.

The event is at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Lions Seniors Centre at 11113 113 St in Edmonton.

“As an organization committed to equal access to health care, Friends of Medicare have been disturbed to learn of wait times longer than two years for trans patients to access needed hormone replacement therapy medications,” said Friends of Medicare Executive Director Sandra Azocar. “We felt that this was an important conversation to have, and this event has been organized to highlight barriers and call for solutions.”

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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

November 28, 2017 9:30 AM
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

November 22, 2017 11:05 AM
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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