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BC Health Coalition: Premiers must focus on public innovation to strengthen Medicare

The new Health Care Innovation Working Group announced at this weeks Council of the Federation meeting is an opportunity for the provinces to build on the many positive public solutions that make Medicare stronger and avoid unaffordable for-profit care, says the BC
Health Coalition.

-The provinces must look for ways to build the capacity of public non-profit health care delivery and protect the great gains in equality, access, fairness and efficiency that are the hallmark of our public health care system," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rachel Tutte.

Public Health Care Advocates to Premiers: Now is the Time for Leadership to Renew and Strengthen Medicare

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 16, 2012) - Council of the Federation meeting on health sustainability is an opportunity for premiers to address growing out-of-pocket health care spending on for-profit care and demand federal funding commitment to a renewed health accord.

Public health care advocates and allies from across Canada are calling on premiers to work together to address health spending cost drivers while they meet in Victoria over the next two days.

December 6: Ending violence against women

December 6 marks the anniversary of the Montréal massacre of 14 young women at the École Polytechnique.

Violence against women continues to be a serious issue in Canada:

HSA urging employers to reduce on call and call back work

The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4

SURVEY CONFIRMS MEMBERS WORRY INSUFFICIENT REST IS PUTTING THEIR SAFETY AT RISK

HSA MEMBERS WORKING ON CALL or call back say theyre suffering from fatigue thats so serious it sometimes jeopardizes their personal safety.

Time for government to make the right choices

The Report: December 2011 vol.32 num.4

THERE IS NO DOUBT HSA members are angry about the way they were treated by the government in the last round of contract negotiations. But I still find it striking to recognize the source of this anger is not concern for themselves ... its their deep concern for the future of health care and the needs of their patients.

HSA members urged to vote in municipal election

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 British Columbians head to the polls to elect mayors, municipal councillors, school trustees, and regional district representatives.

These local representatives make decisions that affect our everyday lives, and play a critical role in making our neighbourhoods, towns, and regions places where we want to live.  Local politicians are also an important voice for our communities with higher levels of government, speaking up for communities on important local, provincial and federal issues.