Medicare in Crisis

medicare umbrellaOn Thursday, April 16, 7-9 pm, the Comox Valley Council of Canadians presents a screening of Medicare in Crisis. This film, by local videographer Dan Peruzzo, focuses on current threats to Medicare, such as underfunding and the increasing pressure by both the federal and provincial governments to privatize our health care services.
The post-screening discussion will include an update on the court case launched by Brian Day’s for-profit clinic and the possible consequences of this legal action.
In the past year alone, Canadians have lost $987 million in federal funding for public health care. Without a new Health Accord, the cuts to public health care will hit $36 billion over the next ten years.
We, as Canadians, are justifiably proud of our national public health care system and want to see it supported and improved. There is a strong and urgent need for a universal drug plan and a national home care strategy, but the Federal Conservative Government under Stephen Harper has been leading the country in other directions and channeling its time and resources to other issues.
Information will be available on actions we can all take to let the federal parties know how important our public health care system is to us.
Everyone is welcome to join us at Creekside Commons, 2306 Lambert Drive, in Courtenay. Parking is limited, so please carpool. And remember that there is a “shoes off” policy in the common house.
A collection will be taken to support the BC Health Coalition’s Legal Defense Fund: every bit helps.

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