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Your July 2024 monthly update from the
BC Health Coalition


Repeal the MSP 3-Month Wait Period, says BC’s Period Poverty Task Force

In March 2024, BC’s Period Poverty Task Force submitted its final report to the Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. One notable short-term recommendation is to abolish the Medical Services Plan (MSP) 3-month wait period for all refugees, international students, newcomer immigrants, and seasonal migrant workers. This policy has a wide range of consequences for both those affected and the provincial health system overall. READ MORE

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We'll report back to you, showing where B.C. candidates and parties stand on key health care issues and solutions.

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What's next for public pharmacare?

Every day, we get closer to seeing public, universal pharmacare implemented so people can get life-saving medicines free of charge. Join us and our partners at Council of Canadians online Thursday, July 4th at 4 p.m. PT to talk with and hear from other pharmacare activists, get a sense of the state of play right now, and think about how we can get pharmacare implemented in as many provinces and territories as possible – before the next federal election. REGISTER HERE.

Action for Reform of Residential Care BC Webinar: Election 2024 Community Engagement Toolkit

ARRC’s July 2024 webinar will introduce their latest resource: the Community Engagement Toolkit. This toolkit will help individuals and organizations to prepare questions about long-term care for candidates running in the October B.C. provincial election.

All are welcome to join on July 17th, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. There is no cost, no need to register, and there will be ample time for questions and discussion. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 891 6988 0719

Public Health News, Updates & Resources

BC Federation of Labour welcomes expansion of mental health presumption coverage The recent announcement will mean more workers will have easier access to workers’ compensation for psychological injuries caused by work-related trauma. But group wants the presumption extended to all workers.

B.C.'s first health centre catering to francophone community to open in the fall A new community health centre dedicated to serving British Columbia's French-language speakers will open its doors this fall in Vancouver.

Why the health-care sector is hiring temporary foreign workers like never before Industry represents small share of overall program, but interest is climbing.

Explosion in reliance on for-profit health-care staffing agencies in B.C. After slow increases in recent years, payments to for-profit staffing agencies have exploded as British Columbia’s health-care system becomes increasingly reliant on their contracted workers to keep hospitals open for emergency care.

Drug Compassion Club Organizers Face Criminal Charges. What Now? Jeremy Kalicum and Eris Nyx have been charged with trafficking. They’re fundraising for a long legal battle.

The problem with profits in long-term care The overall problem with profit in long-term care is that profit has to be the goal; it is the purpose of the business. This is not a comment on the people involved, but rather about the focus, the incentives and the objective. The for-profit approach means that some of the money has to go to profit rather than to care. And we are seeing those profits rising, meaning there is less money available for care, even as access to care is declining along with profitizations.

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