Join us for a special town hall on the future of public health care featuring national chairperson of the Council of Canadians Maude Barlow on December 1st at St. Theresa's Parish Hall 7-9 pm, St. John's.
On March 31, 2014, the Health Accord expired and with it so did billions of dollars in federal health care transfers to Canadian provinces. Few people realize the grave implications of this deliberate decision by the Harper government not to renegotiate the Health Accord. In all, over the next ten years Medicare will lose $36 billion in federal funding. Our province alone will lose $491 million -- this at a time when our population is aging, and unemployment and precarious employment are on the rise.
This will compromise national standards and funding for health care, say health care experts. It will also push us towards increased privatization and an American-style two-tiered health care system (one for the rich and one for the rest of us). This town hall meeting will be an important opportunity for us to show our support for strong public health care for all people residing in Canada.
You can join the Facebook event here (and share far and wide) https://www.facebook.com/events/343153965855463/
The Saturday before the town hall (November 29th) we're holding a workshop at MUN on taking direct action by going door to door talking to people about health care. Here's the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/861870703845782/
Hope to see you there!
For more info, check out these great resources:
Health accord backgrounders:
It is likely that on the call in shows questions outside the health accord will come up, but related to larger health care myths. CUPE has some great fact sheets on this worth reviewing:
Myths and Facts: