Public health care forum draws standing-room only crowd

Just hours after Health Minister George Abbott tabled controversial amendments to the Medicare Protection Act on April 8, more than 200 people attended a public talk by physicians and international policy experts about the dangers of continued health care privatization in B.C.

Dr. Michael Klein ... physician, researcher and founding member of the Canadian Doctors for Medicare ... reasserted that health care funding has remained stable as a percentage of both the B.C. and Canadian economies over the past decades.

-Health care spending is only increasing relative to the provinces budget because the government is cutting taxes and other services like education and social programs," said Dr. Klein. -Appropriate investments, resourcing, and implementation of public innovations are the real answers to sustainable, universal health care."

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