Monthly Archives: March 2014

Sign the Medicare Pledge

March 29, 2014

Pledge your support of Canada’s Public Health Care System. Join thousands of Canadians asking the federal government to renegotiate a new Canada Health Accord that will guarantee our rights under the Canada Health Act. Click on the following link and sign the pledge.

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Why a Two-Tiered System Won’t Solve Our Health Care Woes.

March 28, 2014

Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Mar. 27 2014, 7:44 AM EDT
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 27 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

Canada is about to face its second court challenge over restrictions on private health insurance when Dr. Brian Day’s case appears before the courts in September. It is true that there are examples of jurisdictions that value universal health insurance coverage and also allow private insurance – the U.K. and Sweden would be two examples. But it is important to note that although these countries, among others, may allow for private insurance, they still have many of the same problems with their health care system that Canada does. Read more »

United Church Members Are Being Asked to Sign a Pledge for Medicare

March 25, 2014

The momentum is building. The following is an excerpt from a communication released by the United Church of Canada on Tuesday, March 25:
“For 60 years The United Church of Canada has advocated in support of universal health care. Now the church is calling on its members to sign the Medicare Pledge launched by the Canadian Health Coalition, a public advocacy organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Medicare.”

To sign the Medicare Pledge go to

Health Council of Canada closes its doors for good.

March 24, 2014

The following is an excerpt from:

On March 31, 2014, the Health Council of Canada will close its doors for good. The council was established in the 2003 health accord, and the 10 years of its existence have been both progressive and tumultuous, not unlike the ups and downs of Canada’s healthcare systems more generally. Whether or not you agree with the decision to close the council, or whether you care, there is a need to assess what will be lost. Read more »

Support Public Health Care

March 24, 2014

Please download our brochure to familiarize yourself with how the expiration of the Canada Health Accord will negatively affect our Canadian health care. Join us at the Princeton Rally on March 31, Veterans Square @ 12:00 noon to send Ottawa a strong message of support for Public Health Care in Canada. Bring a red umbrella, wear red, make a placard, be creative!

pdf Keep Health Care Public! brochure

March 18, 2014

Click on the following link to see the poster for the Public Health Care Rally in Princeton on March 31st.

pdf Poster for Rally March 31

Don’t forget your red umbrella. Public Health Care needs your support.

Budget 2014 triggers Harper’s plan to dismantle national health care

March 18, 2014

Excerpts from an article by Michael McBane in the February 17, 2014 issue of The Hill Times

“Federal transfer payments to provinces were first used in order to establish national standards in health care delivery across Canada. On Tuesday, February 11th, Prime Minister Harper turned this on its head by tabling a budget that will use federal transfers in order to eliminate national standards in health care.” Read more »

Private For Profit Clinics Hurt Our Public Health Care.

March 15, 2014

BC Health Coalition’s letter to the Editor in response to Pamela Fayerman’s blogpost on the clinics case is in today’s Vancouver Sun:

Re: Medicine Matters blog post: Dr. Brian Day vs. the B.C. government and antiprivatization foes: legal case twists, turns, March 10

Dr. Brian Day’s legal case is about more than patient access to private surgery centres. Dr. Day claims the basic principle at the heart of Canadian medicare – namely, that health care be provided according to a patient’s need, not their ability to pay – is unconstitutional.

A 2010 review of international evidence found private providers had not made major reductions to any country’s waiting lists. Studies in Canada and Europe show patients whose doctors work in both public and private systems have the longest waits.

Canada does not need health care reform via an end-run in the courts driven by for-profit clinic owners. We need the expansion of evidence-based pilot programs in our public system that have been shown to reduce waiting times for elective surgeries. We need to demand better from our leaders. Polls show the public favours investment and innovation in public health care to improve the system for all, not -profit health care that benefits only a few.


BC Health Coalition co-chair

Also, check out the letters from Cliff Bolt in the Comox Valley Record and Troy Zohner of the North Central Health Coalition in the Prince George Citizen.


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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
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