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

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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

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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

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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

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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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SENDING FERTILITY PATIENTS TO PRIVATE CARE IS THE WRONG DIRECTION

Nov 3
Edmonton
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SENDING FERTILITY PATIENTS TO PRIVATE CARE IS THE WRONG DIRECTION

Friends of Medicare are calling for a reversal of the AHS decision to terminate services at the Edmonton Regional Fertility and Women's Endocrine Clinic at Edmonton's Lois Hole Hospital.

News broke November 2 via twitter that the clinic will no longer offer services such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), as well as donor eggs and sperm programs. Patients will now be referred to private clinics in Edmonton or Calgary for those services.

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RESIDENT AND FAMILY COUNCILS ACT A WELCOME STEP IN PROVIDING PATIENTS A VOICE

November 01, 2017 8:27 AM
NOV 1
EDMONTON

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RESIDENT AND FAMILY COUNCILS ACT A WELCOME STEP IN PROVIDING PATIENTS A VOICE

Friends of Medicare are applauding Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman for introducing Bill 22 the Resident and Family Councils Act.

"Resident and Family Councils are a great tool to give voice to residents of continuing care facilities and their loved ones," said Executive Director Sandra Azocar. "Friends of Medicare have been calling for this for years and it is great to see this step being taken."

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How Will Provinces Cope with $31 Billion Cut

October 18, 2017 11:05 AM
MEDIA RELEASE
OCT 19, 2017
EDMONTON

The Elephant at the Health Ministers' Meetings: How Will Provinces Cope with $31 Billion Cut

New National Report Outlines the Huge Cost of the Failed Health Accord

 

As Health Ministers from across Canada meet in Edmonton this week, Canada's Health Coalitions released a report showing the recent bilateral health schemes pushed through by the Trudeau government have come at a huge cost.  The report "Health Accord Breakdown: Costs and Consequences of the Failed 2016/17 Negotiations" calculates that the failure of the Health Accord will mean a health care funding shortfall of $31 billion for the provinces with no concrete targets to improve public health care for Canadians and no plan to bridge the fiscal gap. Calling the rhetoric around health transformation and target funds for home and mental health care "more PR than substance", the coalitions also tallied the non-monetary costs of the lost Health Accord: the grave problems of under capacity in public hospitals, long-term and community care; long-waits; growing inequities and problems with access to care that will continue without any national plan to address them.

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