The Columbia Journal
P.O. Box 2633 MPO,
Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada V6B 3W8
Stop health care privatization now, says BC Health
CPP News Service
The BC Health Coalition joined other medicare advocacy groups from
across Canada to say that in the wake of the National Health Care
Summit, there is no excuse what so ever for privatization measures.
The Coalition says that after a decade of studies and commissions,
Canadians are demanding that their governments act together to provide
stable health care funding and urgently required national pharmacare
and home care programs.
But Coalition co-chair Alice Edge also urged the Prime Minister to
stand behind his
government’s pledge to “stem the tide of privatization.”
“Our provincial government is clearly testing Mr. Martin’s resolve by
its recent expansion of the use of privately-operated clinics to
deliver public health care services,” says Edge, “even though studies
show that further privatization will lead to added costs, less
accountability, poorer quality service and even longer waits for
Edge says wait lists and waiting times have grown in Canada as private
health care expands. And in B.C., more people are paying for services
that were previously covered under public insurance.
“The national accountability framework being touted by the Prime
Minister Martin sounds good in theory, what will it mean in practice?”
says Edge. “Without strong national standards and accountability,
additional health dollars may be padding profit margins for investors
in private clinics and P3 hospitals.”
The coalition is made up of community groups, seniors and health care
workers. It has vowed to continue to mount nation-wide campaigns urging
provincial governments to invest the new federal funds directly into
public health care, and not payments to for-profit corporations.