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Your April 2024 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition


Help us find our next Project Organizer!

The Project Organizer will work with a passionate community of public health care advocates across the province to advance visions and solutions for improved public health care in BC. You will lead outreach in target communities across BC, plan public education events about health care solutions, and organize teams of volunteers to secure support for public health care leadership.

Job type: Contract unionized at 30 hours/week Compensation: $44.90/hour, plus benefits Duration: 6 month Contract Start Date: ASAP

CLICK HERE for the full job posting. Please circulate among your networks!

From crisis to care: How BC can transform transplant access for rural residents

Recent developments in British Columbia signal a pivotal shift towards equitable healthcare, particularly for those requiring organ transplants. Premier... David Eby and various government officials engaged in intensive discussions this past week, addressing critical challenges faced by rural residents in need of life-saving transplants.

Christina Derksen-Unrau, a rural patient who had to withdraw herself from the transplant list due to prohibitive costs, catalyzed these conversations. Her ordeal illuminated the severe financial strains and logistical hurdles that many outside Greater Vancouver endure. In response to her situation, BC leaders, including Premier Eby, have vowed to reevaluate and enhance healthcare policies to ensure equitable access for all, as mandated by the Canada Health Act. READ MORE.


Webinar Series: The five principles of the Canada Health Act

Forty years ago, on April 17, 1984, the Canada Health Act was passed unanimously into law, guaranteeing every Canadian access to health care, regardless of income.The Act was a federal intervention, led by then Health Minister Monique Bégin, to protect citizens from extra-billing and user fees. Today, 6.5 million Canadians don’t have doctors. Public health care, Canada’s most beloved program, is again under serious threat from the rapid growth of private for-profit care.

The Canada Health Act set 5 principles that provinces and territories have to follow to receive federal funding for health care. These principles are universality, portability, public administration, comprehensiveness and accessibility.

Join the Canadian Health Coalition’s Anne Lagacé Dowson in conversation with thinkers of each of the 5 principles of the Canada Health Act in a webinar series starting at 7:00 PM EST.

CLICK HERE to find the webinar dates and registration link.

Visions & Solutions: Lunch N' Learn Series

Get caught up on our first two sessions!

Public Health News, Updates & Resources

Unprepared to care: Eroding retirement security and the privatization of seniors care. This report summarizes findings from the Douglas Coldwell Layton Foundation’s (DCLF) recent research program delving into the Long Term Care crisis Canada is facing today and in the near future.

Bowen Island to get a new community health centre. The CHC will house two additional family physicians, a nurse practitioner, social workers, a dietician and a physiotherapist.

Dozens of B.C. surgeries postponed due to shortage of key operating room specialists. The Health Sciences Association, which represents B.C. perfusionists, is deeply concerned about the shortage.

Studies on B.C. safer supply emerge, finding different answers to different questions. One study concluded that one day or more of prescription opioid dispensation was associated with "significantly reduced all-cause mortality" as well as overdose deaths over the next week.

Illegal, Unlawful and Unethical: Case Studies of Patients Charged for Medical Care in Ontario’s Private Clinics. A new report released by the Ontario Health Coalition featured evidence from more than a hundred patients about user fees being charged in Ontario’s private clinics.

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Donations by cheque can be made out to BC Health Coalition and mailed to BC Health Coalition 302-3102 Main Street Vancouver BC V5T 3G7. Or you can give monthly by cheque.

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