BC Health Coalition

BC Health Coalition

May 12, 2011 14:20 ET

Premier Clark Owes British Columbians Answers on Plans for Public Health Care: BC Health Coalition

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - Newly-elected Vancouver-Point Grey MLA and Premier Christy Clark's refusal to discuss and debate health care issues publicly – despite the opportunities given to her – signals a continuation of the provincial government's closed decision making, says the BC Health Coalition.

During the by-election campaign, Clark refused to attend a planned BC Health Coalition-sponsored all-candidates' debate on health care. The snub followed Clark's failure to respond to a letter sent to her during the BC Liberal leadership race asking for her position on two current areas of concern for the BCHC: the introduction last spring of $29.40 per day hospital user fees for so-called "convalescent care" patients, and the growth of private, for-profit medical and surgical clinics in B.C.

"These are important issues for British Columbians," says BCHC co-chair Alice Edge. "Our all-candidates' debate and letter were opportunities for her to outline how she would work to ensure the ongoing universality and accessibility of our public health care system and we can't understand why she has refused to engage with us."

Edge notes that the BCHC sent the same letter to candidates running in the recent BC NDP leadership race and received detailed responses from Adrian Dix and others.

Invitations to the BCHC Vancouver-Point Grey all-candidates' debate were also accepted by Green Party candidate Francoise Raunet and BC NDP candidate David Eby.

"Premier Clark's silence does not bode well for the province," says Edge. "British Columbians value public health care and they want to hear how their government plans to support positive, public solutions to make Medicare stronger in B.C."

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