BC Health Coalition

BC Health Coalition

November 28, 2011 12:06 ET

Canadians Want Public Solutions to Build Brighter Future for Health Care

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - B.C. delegation including youth, seniors, travels to Ottawa to ask for a strong 2014 Health Accord as recent poll shows 94 percent of Canadians support public - not private, for profit - solutions to health care system challenges.

A B.C. delegation will join with dozens of other Canadians from across the country in Ottawa this week to ask for a strong 2014 Health Accord. The group will meet with over 100 parliamentarians to discuss the renewal of the national plan for our health care system.

"This Accord will shape the future of Medicare. As a young person, I want an Accord that sets out a national plan to meet the future needs of all people in Canada," says delegation member Kaitlin Pelletier, Executive Director of the youth organization Check Your Head.

A recent poll conducted by Nanos Research reveals that 94 percent of Canadians support public - not private, for-profit - solutions to making the country's health care system stronger, up nearly 10 percent from a similar poll conducted a little over a year ago.

"I'll be asking for an Accord that expands universal public health care to include a national pharmacare program and home and community care services like residential care and home support," says Pelletier, noting that these programs will address rising health care costs.

The federal-provincial agreement that provides federal funds to provinces and territories expires in 2014. Health care advocates point out that the negotiations present a valuable opportunity to strengthen Medicare by addressing current gaps in coverage and accessibility to care while also identifying the cost drivers that jeopardize the affordability of the health care system.

"The real driver of health care spending increases comes from for-profit health services not covered by Medicare," says Rachel Tutte, BC Health Coalition co-chair. "I think the Canadian public recognizes that public health care is affordable and it's for-profit care that we can't afford."

The Nanos poll shows that support for public solutions to the challenges facing the health care system is constant regardless of political affiliation or other demographics.

View Nanos Research poll here: http://healthcoalition.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/NANOS-EN.pdf

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