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Your June 2024 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition


BC Health Coalition joins calls to bring HandyDART in house

HandyDART is an essential public service for many of Metro Vancouver’s vulnerable populations. Seniors and people living with disabilities rely on HandyDART to access essential medical appointments, treatments, and community programming. Yet, recent years have seen a dramatic reduction of services and an inability to meet the demand from HandyDART riders. READ MORE

Welcome to Megan, our new Project Organizer!

Megan Milton (she/her) is a Vancouver based organizer, with a background in electoral, union and tenant organizing. She is bringing many years of experience as an electoral organizer and campaign manager to our work at the BC Health Coalition. She will be focusing on mobilizing voters to vote... for healthcare this coming election. Her work is motivated by her lived experience as a disabled person navigating the healthcare system with complex care needs. In her personal time, Megan is a playwright and performing artist.


Lunch N' Learn: Vision for BC Drug Policy, Tuesday June 18th form 12-1pm on Zoom

In this fourth session of Visions & Solutions, a BC Health Coalition Lunch N' Learn series, we'll welcome Shane Calder from the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. Learn more about the context of drug policy in BC and dive into four recommendations for reform: drug regulation, decriminalization, addressing substanstive equity, and detox, recovery, and treatment. Click here to register and receive a zoom link.

Accessing Team-Based Care Through the CHC Model, Wednesday June 19th at 1pm

The BC Rural Health Network and the BC Association of Community Health Centres (BCACHC) invite you to a virtual educational event to learn about the Community Health Centre (CHC) model of care and the benefits of team-based care. Click here to learn more and register.

Stolen Time free community screening and panel discussion, Wednesday June 19th from 1-4pm at the Moberly Arts & Culture Centre

The South Vancouver Seniors Hub Council will be hosting a free community screening of Stolen Time, a compelling documentary about the urgent crisis in Canada’s corporate long-term care industry which, as you know well, is notorious for its lack of accountability and transparency. This free community event will take place on Wednesday, June 19, 2024 from 1:15 to 4:00 pm at the Moberly Arts and Culture Centre, 7646 Prince Albert Street Vancouver, BC. A moderated discussion will follow the film screening and light refreshments will be served. Download the event poster here.


Send a message: Don't back down on regularization for all!

The federal government promised regularization – permanent resident status for undocumented people – this Spring. Parliament goes on holiday as early as June 6 and we still have not heard!

Regularization is a key part of ensuring undocumented people have access to health care. It's the right thing to do, and it would also add $28 billion dollars to the economy each year - money we need for health care and other public services.

Don’t let PM Trudeau break his promise. Send a message now by using this email tool.

Public Health News, Updates & Resources

Private Health Care is Here. A growing number of Canadians pay out of pocket for MRIs, hip replacements, even family doctor visits. How a two-tiered system crept into Canada.

Prescription For Profit. This exposé from the Council of Canadians unveils the network of think tanks and commentators that have been doing industry’s bidding over the last two years – and will continue to poison the public debate as pharmacare legislation moves through the parliamentary process.

Wholesale privatization, false solutions. CAQ continues decades-long legacy of dismantling Québec’s public health care system. As political economist and health policy researcher Andrew Longhurst has argued, Québec’s Bill 15 has followed Alberta’s failed example, where expanding private surgical provision “came at the expense of hospital staffing and resources, which shrank on a per capita basis.” Longhurst also cited the unlawful billing of patients in British Columbia. The BC Health Coalition reported $18.1 million in illegal charges between 2021-22 for medically necessary services that should be available at no cost.

Toxic Drug Crisis Disproportionately Impacting Indigenous Peoples Calls for Emergency Joint Response Dr. Judith Sayers, BCFNJC Council Member, stated, “The BC First Nations Justice Council (BCFNJC) appreciates the efforts made by BC to address the toxic drug crisis. We want to work with the province in tackling the crisis and be part of a collaborative strategy. In this regard, we feel we need to move away from criminalizing behaviors that are the direct result of the harms of colonialism. The BCFNJC stands with our partners in healthcare and asserts that the toxic drug crisis needs to be treated and addressed as a public health issue, not a criminal justice issue. The criminal justice system is not the solution to a problem that, instead, needs to be addressed through healing.”

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