Secure the Future of Medicare A Call to Care. Presentation to the NB Nurses Union By Michael McBane Canadian Health Coalition. 5 Questions. What is the Health Accord? How does it work? What does it mean for the provinces?
Presentation to the NB Nurses Union
By Michael McBane
Canadian Health Coalition
1. Replace U.S.-style plans with universal, first-dollar coverage
2. End the price-fixing and public subsidies of Big Pharm
3. Establish a National formulary
4. Bulk purchasing and negotiate competitive pricing
5. Pay only for drugs that are safe and cost-effective
6. Improve prescribing and use appropriately
7. Enforce a complete ban on advertising and off-label promotion
Federal pharmaceutical management is a failure that threatens the integrity and sustainability of all aspects of health care including: primary, hospital, home and continuing care.
The federal government is supposed to work closely with provincial and territorial governments to develop national approaches to health system issues and promotes the pan-Canadian adoption of best practices.
- e.g. national approaches to HHR
The war on medicare
Preston Manning: win the battle over language - rearrange the terms so that what appears moderate today is redefined as extreme and what appears extreme is recast as moderate. Then it will be politically easier to completely dismantle national medicare, have the federal government hand over more taxing power to the provinces and let them handle health as they please. …Start with a vulnerable target…Quebec.
- Open up the delivery of health services to market rules and divert public funds to the profit seeking private enterprise.
- Segmentation of ‘markets’, access, coverage.
-exploit vulnerability (the frail elderly)
-Canada Health Act removes the delivery of health services from market rules to ensure access based on need.
- ‘Un-profitable’ services, populations and regions are not abandoned.
- protect the vulnerable
QUESTION: Thinking about the future of Canada’s public healthcare, would you support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or oppose public solutions to make our public healthcare stronger? - Nanos Research, May 2010
Source: Marcia Angell, MD, “Privatizing health care is not the answer”,Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2009.
□Federal leadership for a new 10-Year Health Accord to ensure that it reflects the needs of Canadians in all regions, including:
□Residential long-term care; and
□An Accord that ensures access to health care, based on need and not ability to pay.
□ An Accord that ensures improved accountability with secure and predictable funding.
1. Get informed
2. Sign the Medicare Pledge
3. Endorse the Call to Care
4. Talk to family, friends & co-workers
5. Write a letter to the paper – call-in radio
6. Write, call and meet your MLA and MP
7. Run for office!