The Ontario Liberal government has announced that they will introduce legislation to stop the practice of for-profit plasma collection. Please email or call your MPP today to support strong legislation ensuring the safety of Ontario’s blood supply by making it our goal to have 100% voluntary blood collection.
Adrienne Silnicki's blog
Have you ever asked yourself or been asked, isn’t a two-tiered health care system a good thing if it shortens wait times? If the rich want to pay out-of-pocket for their health care and free up space in the wait line for public care, shouldn’t we let them? It sounds logical, right? It isn’t.
I’m going to try and explain how private clinics lengthen wait times for the 99 per cent of us and I’m going to do that by using the example of the grocery store.
We’ve all probably been in line at the grocery store when the place is packed and only two cash registers are open. Let’s name the lanes 1 and 2. The for-profit clinics argue that if you opened a third lane (number 3) and you make it an express line- eight items or less- you’ll shorten the other two lines. Still with me?
Canadians should be worried about themselves and their aging family members. Canada has no pan-Canadian aging strategy, and with the federal Conservatives' refusal to negotiate a new Health Accord, there’s not likely to be one anytime soon.
The first week of December is national medicare week in Canada. The Canadian Health Coalition organized a one-day elder care conference in Ottawa with guest speakers from across the country. They painted a picture of what elder care is like across Canada, and it doesn’t take more than a few studies, reports and stories to realize that we have a real problem on our hands.
Elders deserve to live with dignity, but that’s something being robbed from them in Canada’s current state of affairs. Elders are stuck in hospitals because home or community care is unavailable; they’re in for-profit care homes that have inadequate staffing levels and no minimum care standards.
It is imperative for the health of all in Canada that the federal, provincial and territorial governments negotiate a 2014 Health Accord that will protect, strengthen and expand medicare.
Yesterday, Minister Aglukkaq announced that the federal government would re-open a (limited) consultation process and allow the public to comment on for-profit blood collection. Let the government know that a public, not-for-profit, voluntary blood and plasma collection is the safest and most ethical method of collection.
This month pro-medicare allies in Nova Scotia are fighting against two-tiered health care being promoted by the NS College of Physicians and Surgeons. This fight is not unique to Nova Scotia, provinces across the country are finding ways to decrease the portion of their budget that they spend on medicare.
Another June 16th, is almost upon and we’re once again offering our support and solidarity to incredible organizations like Canadian Doctors for Refugees who are organizing yet another day of rallies and protest against the racist and discriminatory cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (aka health care for refugees).
This June 16th, the Council of Canadians will once again join health care professionals, lawyers, students,labour brothers and sisters, and civil society to yell “shame!” at a government that feels no shame in denying thousands of people basic and even emergency health care.
In 2012, it was discovered that a for-profit company had applied to the Canadian government for permission to start paying people for their blood.1 A year later, in 2013, it became widely reported that several for-profit plasma collection clinics were set up in downtown Toronto and Hamilton.2 The clinics were owned by Canadian Plasma Resources and had all but opened their doors to the public (chairs were in, machines set up, signs were on the door).
We’re part way through our campaign to protect, strengthen and expand public health care in Canada and we’re thrilled with how the campaign is progressing.
It’s not surprising to us that many Canadians are unaware of the federal cuts to health care. The coming $36 billion of cuts haven’t gotten a lot of media attention partially because many of the premiers are silent on the cuts and afraid to speak out because the federal government may claw back their funding in other areas (like the Canada Social Transfer).
The day after the National Day of Action for the Health Accord, I was looking forward to a busy day collecting media hits, looking for photos, being in touch with supporters and activists that worked on organizing an amazing day of action, and getting caught up on email.
But today was completely different than I expected. At 7pm Monday night, after just getting home I saw over social media that the Nova Scotia government was passing essential services legislation (Bill 37) that would restrict the right of all health care workers from striking.