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Friends of Medicare Calls for Provincial MAID Legislation

Friends of Medicare Calls for Provincial MAID Legislation

Recent CBC  reports have shown that Covenant Health is not fulfilling its responsibility to ensure patient access to a legal medical service, specifically the right to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Friends of Medicare is calling on the provincial government and Alberta Health Services to take a clear position and enact provincial legislation that will address the inequality of access resulting from a varying interpretation of the MAID law. "Albertans need a position and Legislation that is humane and follows the intent of the federal legislation" says Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.

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Show me your friends, I'll tell you who you are

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OCTOBER 5, 2018
EDMONTON

Show me your friends, I'll tell you who you are

Today the United Conservative Party will be hosting Premier Doug Ford in Calgary. This alliance between Premier Ford and Alberta Premier hopeful Jason Kenney, is in short, a concerning one for those of us who are wary about a potential repeat of the massive cuts that Ontario has been experiencing under Ford's leadership.

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#TBT: Fall of the General Hospital

Throw Back Thursday:
Fall of the General Hospital, October 4th, 1998


Today marks the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Calgary General Hospital. Between 1992 and 2006, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein devoted his attention to eliminating Alberta’s budget deficit. Under his leadership, claiming health care to be one of the areas requiring the most ‘constraints’, Klein oversaw significant cuts to the health budget.

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“Pharmacare Consensus Principles” Clearly Outlines the Principles by Which a National Pharmacare Program Should be Governed

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SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

“PHARMACARE CONSENSUS PRINCIPLES” CLEARLY OUTLINES THE PRINCIPLES BY WHICH A NATIONAL PHARMACARE PROGRAM SHOULD BE GOVERNED

Pro-pharmacare advocates across the country have achieved consensus about the principles which must underpin a national pharmacare program in Canada. More than 70 national, provincial and territorial organizations agree that Canadian pharmacare must be a single-payer system that is universal, public, accessible, comprehensive, and provides portable coverage. Friends of Medicare is proud to be one of the many signatories to this national consensus.

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Our public health care is on trial

We are following the current attack on public health care ongoing now at the BC Supreme Court

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Election 2019 Health Care Priorities Survey

  

In preparation for the Alberta election in 2019, Friends of Medicare is seeking feedback from the community about their experiences with our health care system. From now until the end of this year, we will be releasing a series of short surveys to help us determine what values and concrete health care policies Albertans want to see reflected in the platforms coming from each political party vying to lead Alberta after 2019. Your participation will help ensure that a commitment to public health care is front and centre for the 2019 election cycle, and will enable us to continue to work towards accessible, timely, and quality health care for all Albertans.

Keep your eye on this page in the upcoming months -- it will be updated with the latest survey links as they are released.

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Friends of Medicare Commends HESA Report on Pharmacare

Friends of Medicare Commends HESA Report on Pharmacare

Friends of Medicare joins our partners from the Canadian Health Coalition in applauding the the Parliamentary Committee on Health (HESA) on its report on a national public drug plan, "Pharmacare Now: Prescription Medicine Coverage for all Canadians."

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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

March 22, 2018 1:42 PM

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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

February 28, 2018 12:58 PM

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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