Government funded health care has been accessible to Canadians for over 40 years. As we approach the expiration of the current Health Accord, there is a very real risk that health care will not be a public good much longer.
The 2014 Health Accord will be an agreement between provincial, territorial and federal governments that will determine the future of public health care. The federal government has already announced that there will be reduced funding for public health care after 2017.
Constant vigilance is required to ensure that our public health care system is universally accessible to all Canadians, irrespective of wealth. Calls to allow private insurance and for-profit delivery of health care will get louder as governments look to reduce deficits. All evidence shows, when for-profit companies are involved, patients pay more and get less.
Get informed: www.medicare.ca
Canadian Federation of Nurses Union
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is also a strong proponent of public health care and the renewal of the 2014 Health Accord so that all Canadians have the same access to health care regardless of economic standing.
View the CFNU Checklist for strengthening health care in Canada.