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FOM Travels to Ontario to Take a Stand for Canadian Medicare

Friends of Medicare will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake on July 24th and 25th to join the Canadian Health Coalition (CHC) and other allies for a summit to call for the Harper government to renew the federal health accord expiring this year.
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Government Must Choose Public Good Over Ideology for Home Care Delivery

Friends of Medicare would like to extend our support to Home Care workers who delivered letters to Health Minister Horne and Premier Redford outlining their concerns around the changes being made to Home Care delivery in Alberta.

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Take Action on For-Profit Blood Plasma Clinics

Last week, Friends of Medicare signed on to an open letter calling on Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq to consult with Canadians on the contentious issue of whether Health Canada should approve for-profit, paid-donation blood plasma clinics to operate. After the tainted blood scandals of the 1980s, and the recommendations to not accept paid donor blood and plasma that followed, we're concerned that the Minister is rushing to approve these clinics based on a business interest, not the best interests of Canadians. You can read the letter here to find out more about the potential risks to this change in policy and to see who else has signed on to the letter: http://www.canadiandoctorsformedicare.ca/an-open-letter-to-health-minister-leona-aglukkaq.html

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Firing of the AHS Board - an abrupt ending to a costly experiment

With the firing of the AHS Board, "the question that Albertans should be asking is why the Premier and the Minister of Health do not read the employment contracts that are offered to Executives before hiring them?.  They are the ones that are ultimately responsible for the decisions that are being made regarding the use of our public health dollars," indicates Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.

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New Home Care Contracts will see Cuts into Direct Patient Care Services

In December 2012, Albertans receiving home care services saw their services cut by 15 minutes.  Friends of Medicare has now learned that as a result of the changes being made in home care, a further 10 minutes of services will be taken off direct patient care time.

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Copeman Clinic's Ad in Edmonton Journal Misleads Albertans

 

Friends of Medicare is concerned about a full-page advertisement placed in the Edmonton Journal on May 8, 2013. The ad appears in a form meant to look like a news column on page A7.

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Redford's Failure to Fund Insulin Pumps is yet Another Bungled Promise

On April 12, 2012, Premier Alison Redford promised Albertans that if re-elected, her government would ensure that all Albertans who suffer from type 1 diabetes would receive cost-free access to insulin pumps to help them better manage their condition and improve their quality of life. She has still not delivered.

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Harper Cut to Health Council Could Signal End of National Healthcare

(Ottawa) – The Canadian Health Coalition issued an urgent alert to Canadians in light of today’s news that the Harper Government is terminating its funding of the Health Council of Canada. 

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Patient-based funding does not translate into quality care for seniors and disabled Albertans

March 25, 2013 12:00 PM

Friends of Medicare is joining health care professionals who today are standing in opposition to so-called 'patient-based funding.'  "As Canadians, we value our publicly-delivered and publicly-funded health care system, and we need to put the well-being of people and the health of our society at the forefront of our budgetary decisions," said Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.

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Closure of Banff Mineral Springs Hospital maternity beds another slap in the face to rural families

March 23, 2013 12:00 PM

Friends of Medicare is standing in support of Banff community members and physicians who are in court today asking for an injunction and a judicial review to keep the maternity beds open at the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital.

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