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It's Time to Reimagine Continuing Care - Learn More

On January 20, 2020, Friends of Medicare and Public Interest Alberta's Seniors' Task Force co-hosted this webinar. We were excited to be joined by guest speakers and seniors' care experts Dr. Margaret McGregor, Dr. Pat Armstrong, and Dr. Rebecca Graff-McRae (moderating) for this important and timely online conversation about our continuing care system during COVID-19 and beyond.

See the video recording, and additional resources from our panelists below!

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2020 in review

A year in review, from our Executive Director:

By Sandra Azocar, December 21, 2020


As 2020 winds down, I look back with appreciation at everything that Alberta’s public services have accomplished to keep Albertans healthy and safe. When this year began, we could not have imagined the challenges we would face with a global pandemic and the impact it would have on the people of Alberta. We had to adapt quickly, and the resolve, professionalism and commitment shown by health care workers and all essential workers to maintaining vital services was truly impressive.

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Make Revera Public!

Seniors living in continuing care have suffered the greatest impact of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, and Alberta is no exception. Across the country, companies are failing to hire enough staff, and to implement necessary protections to keep residents safe. If nothing changes, 2,000 more people in continuing care in Canada are expected to die by year's end.
 
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Bill 204 Fact Check


Friends of Medicare and other Albertans concerned about the impact Bill 204 will have on our public blood system have been contacting Tany Yao and their MLAs to urge them not to allow this dangerous bill to pass. In response they have been receiving the following standard template letter from both MLA Yao and other UCP MLAs, containing factual errors and misinformation. Friends of Medicare has fact checked this letter to set the record straight: Bill 204 won't help Albertan patients. 

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Alberta seniors deserve better from our governments

Alberta seniors deserve better from our governments

by Sandra Azocar, Executive Director of Friends of Medicare and Joel French, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta


The continuing care system in Alberta and across the country is in crisis and seniors are suffering physically, mentally, and emotionally. After decades of increasing privatization, declining staff-to-patient ratios, and a chronically underpaid and stretched-thin workforce, the COVID-19 pandemic swept away any pretense of a functional care system and has thrown the myriad issues and dangers facing seniors into sharp relief.

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TBT: Privatization is STILL not the answer

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Keep our Blood System Public!

On July 14, 2020, Friends of Medicare hosted an online discussion about the importance of keeping our blood collection system voluntary and public with Kat Lanteigne and Dr. Michèle Brill-Edwards.

View the webinar recording and ways to help keep our blood system public below!

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Seniors care in crisis: COVID-19 & beyond - Learn More

In this webinar, recorded May 7, 2020, Friends of Medicare hosted an online discussion about the state of seniors' care in Alberta and across Canada with panelists Pat Armstrong, Andrew Longhurst, and Carol Wodak. In this online conversation, panelists focused on reevaluating Alberta's continuing care strategy in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and reimagining solutions for moving forward towards more equitable care for seniors.

See the video recording, and additional resources from our panelists below.

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Together, we can help to rebuild and reimagine a better way

April 17, 2020 4:41 PM

A message from our Executive Director: 

Together, we can help to rebuild and reimagine a better way

The past few weeks have certainly been a difficult time for all of us, but as we look around the world and to each other, we can see that this pandemic has shone a light on the importance of Canada’s universal public health care system. It has served to strengthen our resolve to continue to fight to protect and expand our public health care. This pandemic has made it clear that the true measure of a government's leadership will be made evident through the political choices they make as we deal with this health crisis, and as we move forward to deal with the new political and economic reality that will face us after it is done.

In Alberta, we have seen our government, during one of the worst health crises we have ever faced, make the decision to bully through a budget that was short-sighted, attacked public services, and set the stage for further privatization of our health care.

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Is Alberta ready for COVID-19?

March 18, 2020 9:00 AM

Alberta is bracing for the impact of COVID-19. Is our health care system ready for the challenge?

By Alyssa Pretty, Communications Officer at Friends of Medicare. March 18, 2020.


For decades, Canada has benefited from a single-payer medicare system, which is there for us based on need, not ability to pay. While there is certainly room for improvement – the inclusion of dental, optometry, and pharmacare to the medicare umbrella, for a start – people across the country can rest easy knowing that they can rely on our health care system to care for them when they need it, without worrying about how they are going to pay. However, in the face of a global pandemic, the quality and preparedness of our health care system becomes even more crucial. Globally, we are staring down an outbreak of yet unclear proportions. As COVID-19 wreaks havoc on China, Italy, and Iran, we here in Alberta are bracing for impact. Is our health care system ready for the challenge?

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