The Comox Valley Council of Canadians and other public health care groups invite residents to attend a special town hall featuring the organization’s national chairperson Maude Barlow on the future of public health care, October 21.
“Medicare needs to be expanded, not dismantled, as Canadians value a system where access to care is based on need, not on ability to pay,” said Council of Canadians national chairperson Maude Barlow.
On March 31, the 2004 Health Accord expired and so did billions of dollars in federal health care transfers each year to British Columbia and the rest of Canada. In all, $36 billion in federal medicare funding over the next decade was cut unilaterally by the Conservative government, compromising national standards and funding for health care, say health care experts.
“B.C. alone will lose $5 billion in health care funding from Ottawa over the next 10 years – starting with over a quarter billion dollars in lost transfers to our province this fiscal year alone,” said town hall sponsor and Hospital Employees’ Union (HEU) president Victor Elkins. “Public health care as we know it is in grave danger, so this town hall is an opportunity for Comox Valley residents to learn how they can support public solutions to make health care stronger for all Canadians.”
What: The Save Public Health Care Town hall
Where: Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m
The panelists include:
• Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians national chairpersonà
• Paul Moist, Canadian Union of Public Employees national president
• Dr. Duncan Etches, Canadian Doctors for Medicare representative, and
• Barb Biley, Hospital Employees’ Union regional vice-president.
There will be opportunities for audience members to ask questions and share their concerns about the future of public health care.
The town hall is co-hosted by:
• The Comox Valley Council of Canadians
• the Hospital Employees’ Union
• the BC Retired Teachers’ Association
• the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
Details on this event and other activities in support of public health care in the Comox Valley can be found at saveourhealthcare.ca