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Been there, done that: Albertans want strong public health care not privatization

Been there, done that:
Albertans want strong public health care not privatization

Privatization Ideologues have been set on marketizing our health care system, and yesterday's announcement by the leader of the UCP, Jason Kenney, that he intends to privatize laboratory services in Alberta, is another reminder that this unbridled disdain for our public services is nothing more than a celebration of self-interest and the interests of those who seek to profit from the poor health of others.
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APWG Optimistic About Advisory Council's Interm Report

Alberta Pharmacare Working Group Optimistic About Advisory Council's Interim Report

 
Edmonton - The Alberta Pharmacare Working Group is encouraged following today’s release of the Advisory Council for the Implementation of National Pharmacare’s interim report. Its initial recommendations outline six core principles for national pharmacare, and call for: the creation of a national drug agency; a comprehensive, evidence-based national drug formulary; and, investment in drug data and information technology.
 
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FOM Responds to Advisory Council's Interim Report

Friends of Medicare responds to the release of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare's Interim Report

“Today’s release of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare interim report was thin on details but it is a good first step in establishing a foundation for the implementation of what Friends of Medicare hopes to see become a universal, single-payer pharmacare program,” says Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare.
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APWG Applauds Lobbyists

Canadians Lobby for Universal Pharmacare on Parliament Hill

The Alberta Pharmacare Working Group supports the hundreds of Canadians from all across the country who are descending on the Parliament Hill today to fight for universal Pharmacare. Albertans will be joining Canadian Labour Congress representatives to speak with MPs and Senators about a Pharmacare program that won't leave anyone behind.

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Kenney Still Hasn't Ruled Out More Private Health Care

 

MEDIA RELEASE
FEBRUARY 20, 2019
EDMONTON
 

Kenney Still Hasn't Ruled Out More Private Health Care

 
Following today's public signing of the "public health guarantee" made by United Conservative Party leader, Jason Kenney, Albertans were left sifting through carefully scripted rhetoric. Friends of Medicare are unconvinced that the announcement was any more than a PR visual, as it lacked both clarity and commitment to finding public solutions to the challenges within our health care system. 
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Opinion: It's time to end forced transfers of dying Albertans

Opinion: It's time to end forced transfers of dying Albertans

SHANAAZ GOKOOL & SANDRA AZOCAR
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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

MEDIA RELEASE
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

October 04, 2018 8:00 AM

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

September 24, 2018 11:00 AM

MEDIA RELEASE
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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