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Health Accord Breakdown: Costs and Consequences of the Failed 2016/17 Negotiations
The report calculates that the failure of the Health Accord will mean a health care funding shortfall of $31 billion for the provinces with no concrete targets to improve public health care for Canadians and no plan to bridge the fiscal gap. Calling the rhetoric around health transformation and target funds for home and mental health care “more PR than substance”, the coalitions also tallied the non-monetary costs of the lost Health Accord: the grave problems of under capacity in public hospitals, long-term and community care; long-waits; growing inequities and problems with access to care that will continue without any national plan to address them. Get informed and read the report co-authored by the Canadian Health Coalition and Ontario Health Coalition.
Mythbuster: A National Public Drug Plan
There is a growing movement in Canada to finish some of the left-over business of ensuring everyone has public health care coverage from cradle to grave. The first step is to ensure everyone can afford their prescription medication through the creation of a comprehensive National Public Drug Plan (NPDP). In this mythbuster we examine common myths about a NPDP. Get informed with our mythbuster.
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. Learn more on this important issue with our policy brief.
A New Health Accord and Beyond
The last Health Accord expired in 2014, leaving Canada without stable funding for health care or a tool to enforce national standards of care. A new 10 year agreement between the Federal Government and Provincial Governments is immediately needed and must include a national drug plan for all and a national strategy for seniors care. Get informed with our one pager.
In the early 1980s, Canadians learned that their blood supply had become tainted with HIV and Hepatitis C. Canadians lost faith in the blood collector at the time, the Red Cross. Canada’s government created a new arm’s length agency, Canadian Blood Services and authorized them to implement the recommendations of Justice Horace Krever which require blood be collected by only non-remunerated, voluntary donors. Now, it is the goal of the World Health Organization and many other international health agencies to have 100% voluntary blood and plasma collection globally by 2020. Today, a new private, for-profit company called Canadian Plasma Resources is collecting plasma from people in Saskatchewan and giving them a $25 gift card in exchange. Get informed on this important issue with our mythbusters.
European model? Sustainability? Opponents to public health care attempt to shift the language. Don’t be fooled, get informed with our health care decoder.
Mythbusters: Federal Health Transfers
In the interest of generating a national debate on the federal decision to allow the Health Accord to expire, the Canadian Health Coalition encouraged Canadians to contact Members of Parliament to share their concerns in 2014. Several government MPs used arguments we find misleading in replying to their constituents. Take a look at our mythbusters to see some examples and the facts.