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Service union questions private clinics

Federal government asked to enforce the Canada Health Act.

Sharleen Stewart, SEIU International Canadian Vice-Presidentby Service Employees International Union Canada

TORONTO, February 26, 2008 — In the most recent attack on public health care in Canada, the Health System Financing work group, a provincial task force in Quebec, made recommendations in a report released February 19th, which would further health care privatization if followed.

The day after the reports release SEIU's Health care local 298 (FTQ) took part in a rally in downtown Montreal to send a clear message to the Quebec government. "We believe in public health care, we have always defended it and we will continue to do so," declared SEIU Local 298 President, Daniel Boyer.

The report recommends introducing private funding to the health system; allowing doctors to work in both the private and public systems; expansion of the list of services that could be covered by private insurers; and turning over management of some public health establishments to private firms.

"A parallel private system only takes away services from the public system. It's for this reason that we need to put more effort into our public institutions," added Daniel Boyer. . .

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  SEIU defends the public health system in Quebec, SEIU.ca, February 26, 2008

Posted: May 15, 2008

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