Covid-19 – Build Capacity in Public Non-Profit Healthcare

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 2030 ... March 24, 2020

Covid-19 – Build Capacity in Public Non-Profit Healthcare

Canadian Healthcare Coalitions Joint Statement

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the extent to which our individual health is dependent on the health of everyone in our community. Public healthcare is our best defense against this crisis and others like it. However, our ability to endure crises and care for each other has been eroded through decades of austerity budgets, privatization and inadequate planning. Even during “normal times,” the healthcare system is at capacity.

While healthcare workers and communities are struggling to support each other, corporate interests are trying to profit. This must be resisted. The solution is not privatization. Instead, we should be strengthening universal healthcare and our collective ability to care for one another.

As governments ramp up efforts to address the current crisis, Health Coalitions across Canada are calling for them to resist privatization and to uphold the foundational principles of equity and compassion that underlie our public healthcare system.

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