FOM’s January e-news

Friends of Medicare’s January e-news
Public health care under attack –What do we do? Stand up! Fight back!

Help protect our public health care when it needs you most —renew your Friends of Medicare membership today. Or better yet, consider becoming a monthly donor! Our work depends on the generous donations from our friends and supporters. Thank you!

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Expanding & Improving our Public Health Care System

The 2019 provincial budget and the McKinnon report showed unequivocally that this government heading towards ever more privatization of our health care system. When it comes to timely and quality care, the UCP has shown that they are unwilling to seek public solutions to expand and improve our public health care system.

Join us at a free, public town hall event as we discuss some of the issues faced by our public health care system, and consider solutions that would maintain a commitment to equitable and accessible public health care for ALL Albertans.

When: March 4th, 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Ukrainian Centre (11018 97 St NW, Edmonton)

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** Please note: The date of this event has changed – update your calendars!

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The government has launched an all-out assault on our public services, with major impacts on seniors and their families. That’s why Friends of MedicarePublic Interest Alberta, and our allies are chartering THE PEOPLE’S BUS.

People from Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary will be going to the constituencies of both the Minister of Health and the Minister of Seniors & Housing to make our voices heard! Join us for a one-day canvasing blitz to protest the government’s cuts in seniors’ care and health care.

Register now to save your spot!

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What have the UCP have done for Alberta’s public health care?

December 10: In a press conference, Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced the government’s plan to reduce surgical wait times in Alberta. The minister confirmed that the planning for the surgical initiative was informed by the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative (which ultimately failed to solve wait-time issues in Saskatchewan) but was unable to clarify the lessons that this government is taking from its failure. Despite the effort with which Minister Shandro tried to mask the true underlying ideology of the initiative – namely privatization – the true intent was clear. What’s worse is that today’s announcement came with no monetary figures, no timelines, and no details … Read more.

January 21: Premier Jason Kenney made comment to reporters that supervised consumption sites (SCS) in this province could be closed or relocated as a result of a yet unreleased committee review. Since then, he’s taken to Twitter, spreading falsehoods and misinformation about the impact of the existing SCS, including claiming that they “have hit local communities with an increase in crime and anti-social behaviour.” In actuality, all evidence has shown that SCS have no impact on crime, and lower the numbers of improperly discarded sharps in communities … Read more.

January 26:media report from January 26th on the death of an Alberta senior residing in a for-profit seniors’ facility served as a harrowing example of the real life consequences of the political ideology and short-sighted policy decisions that have shaped Alberta’s continuing care system. “Alberta’s continuing care system is an area that has seen aggressive privatization that has resulted in serious consequences for our seniors,” says Sandra Azocar, executive director of Friends of Medicare. “We have turned our elder care system into an industry that treats residents as consumers, rather than people deserving of timely and quality care.” … Read more.

What other changes is the government making to our public health care system? Follow our health care tracker to stay informed!