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Apr. 8 '15
"Driving the Wrong Way: Ideology and Health Care in Canada" - Speaker & Lethbridge AGM

Mar. 31 '15
National Day of Action For a New Health Accord (Edmonton and Calgary)

Palliser (Medicine Hat)  read all
Dec. 2 '14
Public presentation & AGM

Sep. 14 '14
A Potluck Afternoon

Peace Health Coalition (Grande Prairie)  read all
Nov. 13 '13
Seniors Care Tour in Whitecourt

Nov. 12 '13
Seniors Care Tour in Grande Prairie

Calgary  read all
Mar. 27 '15
Sandra Azocar to speak at seniors' health event

Jan. 15 '15
Creeping Privatization of Medicare: Speakers Panel and AGM

Red Deer  read all
Nov. 7 '13
Seniors Care Tour in Sundre

Nov. 7 '13
Seniors Care Tour in Red Deer

Lethbridge  read all
Apr. 8 '15
"Driving the Wrong Way: Ideology and Health Care in Canada" - Speaker & Lethbridge AGM

Apr. 14 '14
National Medicare Tour with Wendell Potter & Michael McBane

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Mar. 26 '15
Quality health care being 'absorbed' by 2015 budget

Mar. 25 '15
Friends of Medicare responds to Prentice's televised address

Palliser (Medicine Hat)  read all
Dec. 11 '14
Patients are their own best advocates when it comes to medication

Feb. 10 '14
Improvements in health-care system showcased

Red Deer  read all
Dec. 19 '13
Cancer patient failed by flawed system: report

Jan. 31 '13
Funding formula will make health-care crisis worse: group

TAKE ACTION: Sign our petition to stop health care premiums!

Friends of Medicare has launched both an online petition and a printable petition to the Legislative Assembly to urge the Government of Alberta to not introduce health care premiums. Our position is that health care premiums are a regressive tax that will negatively impact lower- and middle-income Albertans. Health care should be based on need, not on ability to pay.
Read our blog post to learn more about our position on health care premiums. 

Quality health care being 'absorbed' by Alberta's 2015 budget

Friends of Medicare was at the Alberta Legislature for the release of the 2015 budget. Our Executive Director Sandra Azocar had this to say in response:

"The Alberta Government's new way to spin budget cuts is by saying the lost money is being 'absorbed.' The cuts will include 1,700 staff being cut from the health care system. There is only so much money they can wring out with efficiencies. The budget looks like it expects our province not to have any more babies, grow older, or accept any newcomers."

Read our immediate reaction to the budget.

EVENT NOTICE: National Day of Action for a New Health Accord

On Tuesday, March 31st the Canadian Health Coalition, of which Friends of Medicare is an active member, is having a national day of action to call on the federal government to negotiate a new health accord with the provinces to protect public health care across Canada.
We are helping to organize rallies in Edmonton and Calgary at the offices of Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. We hope to see you there!

Health policy expert Colleen Fuller to speak at Lethbridge and Edmonton events
Colleen Fuller

Health policy researcher and writer Colleen Fuller will speak at two upcoming Alberta events. Her talk at both events is titled "Driving the Wrong Way: Ideology and Health Care in Canada."
Colleen will speak at a Friends of Medicare event in Lethbridge on Wednesday, April 8th. Click here for more information.
She will also speak at Public Interest Alberta's annual advocacy conference in Edmonton, April 9th to 11th. Click here for the full details of the conference and to register. 

A Tale of Two Mandels: Minister Mandel must listen to Mayor Mandel on ambulance services

We recently posted an article on our new blog at about problems with Alberta's Emergency Medical Services (EMS). When current Health Minister Stephen Mandel was Mayor of Edmonton, he recognized the need to address the capacity problems in EMS. Now that he is the one in charge of health care, he has the opportunity to solve the problem himself.
Click here to read our blog post. 

Prentice has opportunity to change direction of health care as new Premier

Friends of Medicare has written an open letter to Alberta's new Premier Jim Prentice on how he should be approaching health care policy. Click here to read the letter.
We also issued two other statements on Prentice's approach to health care over the course of his leadership campaign. Click here to read our comments on his health care policy announcement and here to read about information we revealed regarding his connections to private clinics in Alberta.

Minister Mandel must stop the privatization of Edmonton area lab services

We joined with many allies for a rally in front of Health Minister Stephen Mandel's campaign office on Friday, October 24th, to oppose the privatization of the Edmonton area's laboratory services.
Click here to read our comments on Australian corporation Sonic Healthcare being selected by Alberta Health Services to run Edmonton's new lab and why the privatization must be reversed.

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