New Policy Brief
The Canadian Health Coalition has launched its policy brief “A National Public Drug Plan for All”. Author Julie White brings together many of the academic studies showing the financial savings, improved drug safety, and increased equality that would occur under a national public drug plan. Canada remains the only country with a universal health system that doesn’t include prescription medicines. Click here for the press release.
Uphold the Canada Health Act
Public Health Care Advocates Call on the Federal Government to Take Action to Stop Extra-Billing Practices in Quebec. Click here for the press release .
Safety Concerns Regarding Licensing of Canadian Plasma Resources
Get informed about paid plasma in Canada by reading our new mythbusters.
At a press conference in Ottawa April 12, 2016, blood safety and health care advocates says “The safety of our blood system is being jeopardized.” Click here to the press release and here to read the letter the Canadian Health Coalition wrote to Minister Philpott to express its strong opposition to the possible licensing of a for-profit clinic that pays clients to donate plasma in Saskatchewan.
March 31 2016: Two years after the expiry of the Health Accord
FEDERAL BUDGET 2016: Money for Health Care Missing
The Canadian Health Coalition is concerned about the lack of resources earmarked for health care especially ahead of a new Health Accord. Click here for the March 23, 2016 press release
Health Professionals and Advocates Call for Health Care Based on Need, not Ability to Pay
Today in Saskatoon, health care professionals and public health advocates urged Premier Wall to reverse a plan that would violate the Canada Health Act, and called on Minister Philpott to impose penalties if it is implemented. Premier Wall has stated that if re-elected his party will create a second-tier in health care for both MRI and CT scans. This will allow affluent patients to jump the queue, however, it will not solve the problems of wait times, warn advocates. Click here for the March 23, 2016 press release
National Medicare Week: Health Care Advocates Send Strong Message to New Government
December 3, 2015, OTTAWA – This week health care advocates from coast to coast to coast are sending a message to our newly elected government – we expect strong action to preserve and expand our public health care system! National, provincial and territorial allies of the Canadian Health Coalition are signatories in an open letter to Health Minister Jane Philpott asking her to provide strong leadership and vision on this important file. Click here for the open letter
National Medicare Week 2015
November 29 – December 5, 2015 is National Medicare Week, an important moment to celebrate our public health care system that is the pride of our nation. It is also a crucial time to focus on our vision for public health care moving forward. This week health care advocates from coast to coast to coast will pull together to send a strong message to our newly elected government that we expect strong action to preserve and expand our public health care system.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
On October 5, 2015, Canada concluded negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest free trade initiative in history. The TPP will impact public health care at home and abroad, decreasing internal controls over Canadians’ access to medications as well as increasing barriers to medication access in developing countries. With the federal election around the corner, it is important to know where the federal party leaders stand on this agreement. Click here to read our backgrounder on this new issue .
The CHC joined social and labour organizations in sending an open letter to the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada on October 15, 2015 to clarify his position on the TPP. Click here for more information .