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July 15, 2015 |
The 2015 federal election is fast approaching! Are you voting for health care?
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| June 15, 2015
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Vultures are circling Canada's health care. Are we prepared to pay the price?

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There's been lots of attention paid recently to the Canada Pension Plan and how to extend it, alongside news stories and commentary about how adequate or otherwise Canadians' retirement situation will be. The sunshine boys over at the C.D. Howe Institute (a.k.a. the Isn't Capitalism Wonderful Institute -- ICWI) reassure us that everything is just fine and we should just shut up and ignore all the warnings. The author of an ICWI study, one Malcolm Hamilton, observes: "Canadians frequently read that they borrow too much, spend too much, save too little, retire too early and live too long."

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| June 5, 2015
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Ontario home care is a system in crisis

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Most of us shudder at the idea of being hospitalized or living in a long-term care facility. As people age, it is understandable that their most common goal is to be at home as long as possible. And as people experience health care in inadequately funded hospitals across the country, the prospect of facing deteriorating health in a public institution becomes even more unnerving. It is in this context that the Ontario government released their new plan for home care on May 13, "Patients First: A Roadmap to Strengthen Home and Community Care."

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May 22, 2015 |
Health-care advocates are making it clear to MPs that health care will be a vote-deciding issue in the upcoming federal election.
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Seniors Vote mobilizes for change at the ballot box

Canada has a growing and aging population. In 2014 there were more than 6 million Canadians aged 65 or older, representing 15.6 per cent of the population. By 2030, seniors will number more than 9 million and make up about 25 per cent of the population. At a time when Canada needs a national strategy and leadership on health and aging, we find the government moving away from funding our cherished universal health-care system, which was based solely on need and not how much money one had. At one time the envy of the world, Canada's health-care system is slowly being eroded and privatized.

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May 1, 2015 |
Medicare as we know it is being challenged in the British Columbia Supreme Court. Colleen Fuller outlines this most recent and serious attack on public health in Canada.
April 22, 2015 |
For Canadians across this country access to quality public health care is a priority. But the 2015 budget shows it's not for the federal government.

Harper's policies on drugs are embarrassingly backwards

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Do the Harper government's drug policies link a national pharmacare plan with harm reduction and safe-injection sites?

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