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UCP health policy announcement insupportable

MARCH 28, 2019
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UCP health policy announcement insupportable: Leadership is needed to introduce proven public solutions to strengthen our public health care

Today’s health policy announcement from Jason Kenney, leader of the United Conservative Party, made clear that he and his party are not interested in finding public solutions to improve and expand our public health care system. Kenney presented Albertans with the UCP’s “Surgical Wait Time Reduction Plan,” and confirmed that if elected, his party would introduce policy to mirror the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative. He touted their achievements and successes; however, he did not disclose how much money they would need to invest in contracting out and privatizing public surgeries, nor where this money would be coming from.

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NDP wait times announcement a step in the right direction

Alberta health care can be better -- NDP wait times announcement is a step in the right direction

 
Nobody should have to wait for longer than necessary for a surgery that they need, and today's announcement of a $90 million per year strategic investment will address some of the immediate issues that are pressing for Albertans. Rachel Notley promised that if the NDP are re-elected, they are committed to providing funding increases for cancer surgeries, open heart surgeries and cataract surgeries, while all other surgeries would also see an increase over the three years. The announcement also included a promise to increase access to specialists directly from the ER, and to expand emergency psychiatrist access to 24 hours.
 
"When asked, almost all of us will have a wait time story to tell. We have had to wait in emergency departments, wait to see family physicians, wait for tests, procedures and surgeries," said Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare. "These investments are great first steps from which to build on. We are hopeful that some of this investment will also go towards addressing the systemic issues that have created the wait lists that we Albertans experience."
 
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Good direction for long term care, but beds must be public

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MARCH 21, 2019
EDMONTON


 

Advocacy groups: Good direction for long term care, but beds must be public

Today, Premier Rachel Notley announced that if re-elected, the Alberta New Democratic Party is committed to building an additional 2,000 long term care (LTC) beds. The promised $170 million investment is welcome news to a system that is currently facing serious shortages.

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8 in 10 Albertans support the right to medical assistance in dying

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MARCH 21, 2019
EDMONTON

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New poll released by Dying with Dignity Canada demonstrates that the right to assisted dying is an issue that unites rather than divides Albertans

8 in 10 Albertans believe that publicly funded hospitals in Alberta should be required to allow medical assistance in dying (MAID) on their premises, finds a new poll commissioned by Dying With Dignity Canada.
 
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The Protection of Health Care Act: A step in the right direction to protect and expand public health

 

The Protection of Health Care Act: A step in the right direction to protect and expand public health

With the introduction of Bill 1, the Protection of Health Care Act, Friends of Medicare is optimistic that for the first time in this province we will see the political will to protect our public health care and an end to shirking the rule of law in Canada and Alberta.

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Been there, done that part 2: Albertans want public solutions that will improve our health care

Been there, done that part 2: Albertans want public solutions that will improve our health care

The plans announced today by UCP leader, Jason Kenney, proposing to privatize laundry services in hospitals, is the second announcement he has made touting the supposed efficiency of the private sector in our public health care. His announcement takes us back to the mid-1990s when, under the Conservative government of Ralph Klein in Alberta, laundry services in Calgary were privatized. As a result, laundry workers went on a wildcat strike and garnered national headlines, but the contract was eventually given to K-Bro Linen.

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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

March 06, 2019 10:55 AM

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

February 26, 2019 2:09 PM

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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