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FOM Statement on IWD 2022

Statement on International Women’s Day

Alberta still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality


Gender remains an important social determinant of healthWe know that gender-based discrimination and ongoing gender inequality in our society results in increased health risks and poorer outcomes. Far too many Albertans still do not have proper access to reproductive and sexual health care, or gender-affirming health care.

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Health Care Privatizer Decoder

HEALTH CARE PRIVATIZATER DECODER

 
Health care announcements keep being made... but something seems fishy. With all the politicking, real intentions can be hard to parseThat's why we created this decoder. 

Watch out for these words! When the government uses them, what they’re really talking about is their plan to continue privatizing and dismantling our public health care system.

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An update from FOM's new ED!

An Update from Friends of Medicare's Executive Director, Chris Gallaway

 

This is my first update as your new Executive Director at Friends of Medicare. What an honour! 

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Tell your Edmonton City Councillor to support decriminalization!

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Edmonton’s City Council could take the first steps to decriminalizing drug use and personal possession, in what could be a historic move towards finally curbing the fatal toll of Alberta’s worsening drug poisoning epidemic. But we need your help!

 

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2021: Year in Review

2021: A Year in Review

From our outgoing Executive Director, Sandra Azocar


It is with mixed emotions that I write what will be my last year-end review. On December 3rd, 2021, I was humbled to be elected as a Vice President for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees and as I transition into my new role, I’m confident that FOM will continue to be a force in our ongoing fight to protect public health care from the forces of privatization. 

I want to start out by thanking each one of you, our allies, fellow advocates and our organizational members for your ongoing support of Friends of Medicare. We are only able to carry out our advocacy work because of your ongoing support. 

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November is FOM Fundraising Month!

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Election 44 - Health Care Priorities

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the vital importance of a well-funded, well-staffed, and well-resourced public health care system. With the health and economic challenges presented by this health care crisis, it has become more timely than ever that we ensure EVERYONE has timely, quality access to the care they need. Now more than ever, the protection and expansion of our public, universal health care system should be a priority in every federal party's platform.
 
On September 20, #VoteHealthCare! Read below to find out how the federal parties stack up when it comes to some of the health care issues that matter most: Pharmacare, seniors' care, the privatization of health services, and the overdose crisis.
 
Share this page with someone who knows the importance of our public health care system!
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What does the cabinet shuffle mean for Alberta's health care?

July 8, 2021: What does the cabinet shuffle mean for Alberta's health care?

by Alyssa Pretty, Communications Officer of Friends of Medicare. July 8, 2021.


Friends of Medicare had hoped to see a change to the Health Minister in today’s cabinet shuffle. After a horrendous year, including unyielding attacks on our public health care and frontline workers, Albertans deserved to see accountability from this government. Instead, we saw few changes of impact, ignoring the needs of the people of this province who have been loud and clear about their opposition to changes being imposed on public services, including our public health care system. 

Here’s two notable changes that we did see: 

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Bill 70 Webinar

June 16, 2021 2:27 PM

On June 16, 2021, Friends of Medicare was joined by Melissa Miller, a personal injury lawyer focused on nursing home litigation and founding member of Canadians 4 LTC Standards, to discuss Bill 70: COVID-19 Related Measures Act, currently in debate in the Alberta Legislature. If passed, this bill would ensure legal protection for health services facilities—including continuing care operators—facing lawsuits over illness or death due to exposure to COVID-19. The bottom line is that Bill 70 will prevent grieving families from being able to seek answers and hold care homes responsible for negligence of their loved ones.

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Budget 2021 Webinar

April 09, 2021 5:24 PM

Alberta's 2021 provincial budget was passed on February 25, and despite promises from the UCP government that health care would be the priority, it was clear that this budget was a disingenuous attempt to cover the privatization of our health care. If we have learned anything from this pandemic, it should be that we all depend on well funded, staffed and resourced public health care. Albertans need a more responsive public health care system, and that can only be achieved by improving and expanding our current system, not by imposing private, for-profit alternatives.

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