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Albertans, Hold Onto Your Tea and Crackers as We Welcome New AHS CEO

Friends of Medicare welcomes new AHS CEO Vicki Kaminski. Kaminski is no stranger to the challenges of working in complex health care systems.  In 2009, when she became the head of the very troubled Eastern Health Authority Labrador and Newfoundland (EHALN), it was still reeling from the scandal-related to problems with breast screening from 1997 and 2005.  Many credit Kaminski with restoring the public's faith in the Newfoundland and Labrador health care system.

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Provincial Budget Cuts Per Capita Health Care Spending, Acute Care Services

The $18.3 billion going to this year's Ministry of Health operational budget, which includes $10.7 billion going to the Alberta Health Services base operating grant, when considering population and inflation growth, means the government is cutting health care spending per person. The cuts include a $26 million cut to acute care services.

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Slave Lake Residents in Edmonton to Push for Essential Health Care Services

Concerned Citizens of Slave Lake and Friends of Medicare are at the Legislative Assembly today to table a petition which asks AHS to reinstate their four physicians who resigned in December, 2013, citing patient advocacy issues. The resignations served as a catalyst for the community to take a stand on the lack of health care services which faces the Town of Slave Lake and the surrounding areas. Slave Lake had 13 doctors practicing medicine before the 2011 wildfires devastated the town. In the aftermath, five doctors relocated elsewhere. AHS opened the Family Care Clinic (FCC), staffed with seven doctors, four of whom were the doctors who recently resigned.

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Throne Speech Signals Less Health Care for Albertans

Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare, made the following statement today following the Alberta government's Throne Speech:

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Bullying of Visitors in Care Facilities Must Stop

Yesterday Albertans wore pink to stand up against bullying, but today's story released by Public Interest Alberta about visitors being banned from seeing loved ones in care facilities revealed some serious examples of how much work there is left to do

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No one is minding the store when it comes to private medical facilities in Alberta

The documents released yesterday by the Alberta Federation of Labour further highlight the Alberta government's failure to protect and expand our public health care system.

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Seniors Challenge Minister Horne to Stick to the Facts, Horne's Response To Seniors Raises More Questions

Edmonton - Minister Fred Horne's response issued today to the seniors and advocacy groups who comprise the Seniors' task force of Public Interest Alberta is a series of vague and disingenuous claims.

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Friends of Medicare Supports Seniors Occupying Health Minister's Office to Challenge Cut to Seniors Drug Plan

Friends of Medicare joined seniors to occupy Health Minister Fred Horne's office today to protest cuts to Alberta's seniors drug plan. The action was led by Public Interest Alberta's Seniors' Task Force, of which Friends of Medicare is a member.

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New Health Advocate Must Address Systemic Issues

December 19, 2013 12:00 PM

Friends of Medicare would like to extend a welcome to Mary A. Marshall who was appointed to a 6 month term as the Interim Health Advocate.

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Government Move to Privatize Lab Services Ignores Evidence

December 11, 2013 12:00 PM

Alberta Health Services released a Request for Proposals (RFP) today for laboratory services in the Edmonton Zone. The RFP follows an AHS announcement made in September that it would be consolidating nearly all of Edmonton's lab services into a single facility which will be run by a single for-profit corporation.

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