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Nova Scotians fight for federal involvement in Medicare

Canada must help ensure efficient and equitable health care for all citizens across the country.

McBane: Medicare works: it is more cost-effective, efficient and equitable than market health care.HALIFAX, NS, July "6, "01": Public health care advocates from across the country are paying close attention to the Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax. The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network, of which the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) and the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) are major supporters, held a press conference and a series of public events to outline their vision to improve Canada's public health care system.

"Stephen Harper is the biggest threat to public health care we've ever encountered. It is imperative that he return to the "014 Health Accord negotiation table, or we risk losing our high-quality universal health care. Every generation has fought to ensure that we can all access the health services we need. Now is the time for all of us to come together once again to defend this great Canadian value," says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

  "Canadians need more Medicare, not less. It's time for the Harper government to come back to the table and work with premiers to expand Medicare."

"For 50 years, our governments have worked together to pay for public health care, but last year the federal Finance Minister gave the premiers a take it or leave it package on money all the way through "0"4. That's not good enough. We want Ottawa to remain a full partner in our health care system and to negotiate with the premiers on funding," says Ken Georgetti, President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

"Federal leadership is essential to secure the future of Medicare and meet the health care needs of all Canadians. Medicare works: it is more cost-effective, efficient and equitable than market health care. Canadians need more Medicare, not less. It's time for the Harper government to come back to the table and work with premiers to expand Medicare, starting with pharmacare and a continuing care strategy," says Michael McBane, National Coordinator of the Canadian Health Coalition.

"We need to continue the progress of the "004 Health Accord with a strong "014 Health Accord that preserves national standards and moves us towards public-sector innovations. We need to make sure that Albertans get the same standard of care as Nova Scotians, and that a successful new approach for wait times developed in Victoria is used in St. John's too," says Dr. Robert Woollard, a founding member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

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  Public health care advocates outline vision for improving medicare: During Premier's meeting, Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network holds press conference to outline its vision to improve Canada's public health care system.

Posted: August 01, 2012

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