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RELEASE: Health Care Advocates Dismayed with Ottawa’s Divide and Conquer Tactics: Hopes for a Canadian Health Accord Dashed as Provinces Signs Deal

Toronto/Ottawa/Edmonton: The Ontario, Quebec and Alberta governments, which had initially held out for better, were compelled to sign onto a bilateral health funding deal with Ottawa today. In the federal election, the Trudeau government promised to break with the high-handed approach of the previous Harper government and negotiate a new Health Accord with the provinces […]

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JOINT STATEMENT & MEDIA CONFERENCE Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for a United Health Accord Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table

The Ontario Health Coalition was joined by provincial and territorial health coalitions across Canada in media conferences to decry the federal government’s decision to walk away from the table on negotiating a new Health Accord for Canada. The current bilateral deals pushed through by the federal government and some provinces and territories do not contain […]

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RELEASE As Prime Minister Trudeau meets with First Ministers, Health Coalition calls for both sides to give ground to forge a new Health Accord in the public interest

In advance of tonight’s dinner discussion on health care between the provincial-territorial Premiers and the Prime Minister, the Ontario Health Coalition called out both sides for their intransigence and advocated a new Health Accord forged in the public interest. For months, provincial premiers and the federal government have been at odds over funding, with the […]

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UPDATE Giant Teddy Bear Brings Message of Compassion to London

 We Can’t “Bear” To Lose Medicare!! The London Health Coalition is launching a Care Bear Tour today on Tuesday, October 18th. With a giant teddy bear, aptly nicknamed “Tommy”, the coalition seeks to convey the message that care (not profit) must be the centre of our public health care system. Their goal is to spread […]

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RELEASE As Health Ministers from Across Canada Meet to Negotiate Health Accord

Months of sparring in the media may come to an end this week as Health Ministers from across Canada meet to discuss a new Health Accord. This morning, representatives of the Canadian & Ontario Health Coalitions, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Council of Canadians gathered outside the King Edward hotel where Health Ministers from […]

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Submission Speaking Out About Protecting Health Care from International Trade Agreements

Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra presented to the Parliament of Canada’s Standing Committee on International Trade on May 12 in Windsor. She is speaking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, a so-called “trade deal” among 12 countries representing about 40 percent of the global economy. There is a wide consensus among experts that this proposed agreement really […]

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Protect Public Medicare as first priority, as Canada’s Health Ministers gather to meet in Vancouver: Health Advocates

(January 19, 2016) Protect Public Medicare as first priority, as Canada’s Health Ministers gather to meet in Vancouver: Health Advocates   Toronto/Vancouver – Urgent action must be taken to safeguard equal health care for all as a first priority as Health Ministers from across Canada gather in Vancouver this week, say advocates from the public […]

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OP-ED Conservatives are wrong to refuse debate on health care

(October 16, 2015) By: Natalie Mehra Across Ontario federal Conservative candidates have refused to attend most all-candidates debates on health care. This is a new low. Never has any political party simply refused to debate a leading issue for voters. In correspondence and the media, candidates have excused themselves, saying that “health is a provincial […]

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Video How do “tax cuts” stack up against new costs as a result of health care cuts?

(October 16, 2015) We’re besieged with commercials and messages about tax cuts. But who’s paying for them and how? Here’s a 2 minute video that you’ll want to know about:

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Federal Election 2015 – Vote Health Care!

(October 2, 2015) Canadians share a deeply held belief that access to health care should not be based on how rich we are, but on our medical need. Most of us believe that our government will not purposely destroy public health care. But privatization is a serious threat and it would dismantle health care for […]

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Release User fees threatened for patients across Canada if court challenge negotiations fail to uphold Medicare

(September 29, 2014) At a press conference this morning, speakers Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition, Dr. Rupinder Brar, Board Member of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Dr. Ryan Meili, Vice-Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and Steven Shrybman, LL.B., Partner, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell raise the alarm about the threat of user fees […]

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Advisory Update: Over 2000 Attend Mass Rally to Demand Federal Leadership in Health Care

(July 24-25, 2013) Many thanks to everyone for coming out to last week’s Shadow Summit and Mass Rally to Uphold National Public Medicare and win a Renewed Health Accord in 2014. More than 2000 people came out to call on the Premiers during their Council of the Federation meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake to demand that Stephen […]

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Op/Ed Ottawa edges away from public medicare

(July 8, 2013) With the National Health Accord set to expire next year, the Harper Conservatives show little interest in working with the premiers to improve the system, write Ontario Health Coalition director Natalie Mehra and Canadian Health Coalition national co-ordinator Mike McBane’s commentary in the Toronto Star. Toronto Star OP/ED

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National Day of Action for a 2014 Health Accord a success!

(July 19, 2012) Over 75 people came out to participate in the National Day of Action for a 2014 Health Accord held on Wednesday July 18 at Riverdale Park East in Toronto, despite the extreme heat.

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Newsletter “The Pulse” OHC Newsletter and Action Alert

(May-June 2011) The May 2011 issue of The Pulse includes news about a new OHC report that finds 10,000 people are waiting for home care, the hospital secrecy law, how the Canada-Europe Free Trade deal (CETA) could negatively impact the health care system, a review of Colin Leys’ new book “The Plot Against the NHS” and […]

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Federal Election Action Alert: Health Care Checklist

(March 22, 2011) In the upcoming federal election issues pertaining to public health care are crucial.

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Backgrounder B.C. Private Clinics Challenge to Single-Tier Health Care

(January 2011) For-profit health care has mushroomed in British Columbia. In our 2008 report Eroding Public Medicare: Lessons and Consequences of For-Profit Health Care Across Canada we found that B.C. and Quebec were ground zero for private clinics. In B.C. alone,  there were 25 private surgical hospitals and 12 for-profit MRI/CT clinics in the province. […]

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Report The Economic Case for Universal Pharmacare: Costs and benefits of publicly funded drug coverage for all Canadians

(September 13, 2010) The Canadian Health Coalition has released an important and timely report in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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Message to Members: Pharmacies and Lobby Information

(May 30, 2006)   INFORMATION

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Brief Regarding Bill 102, an Act to Amend the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act and the Ontario Drug Benefit Act

(May 29, 2006) Presented to the Standing Committee on Social Policy of the Ontario Legislature on Monday, May 29, 2006 on behalf of the Medical Reform Group by Joel Lexchin, MD, Professor of Health Policy at York University and Norman Kalant, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Ret.) at McGill University.   BRIEF 

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Pharma Facts and Figures

(May 29, 2006)   FACT SHEET

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Release Ontario Health Coalition Supports Drug Legislation

(May 29, 2006) Drug legislation will contain escalating drug costs without harming patients.   MEDIA RELEASE

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Update Urgent Alert: Drug Bill (Bill 102) Update and Model Response

(May 28, 2006)   UPDATE

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Report Research Output of the Canadian Pharmaceutical Industry: Where Has All the R&D Gone?

(April 2006) By N. Kalant, MD, PhD, HEALTHCARE POLICY Vol. 1 No. 4, 2006 [19] DISCUSSION AND DEBATE   FULL REPORT

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Backgrounder First Ministers’ Agreement

(September 16, 2004) The OHC has prepared an outline of the First Ministers’ Deal on Healthcare.   BACKGROUNDER 

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Update First Ministers’ Meeting Negotiation Update

(September 14, 2004) The Ontario Health Coalition and the Ontario Federation of Labour have released an update this morning.   UPDATE

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Events First Ministers’ under Public Scrutiny: Concerned Citizens Cross-Ontario Plan Health Care “Watch” Events

(September 14, 2004) The OHC is on the watch while the PM and provincial premiers meet to discuss health care from September 13-15.   EVENTS 

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Action Alert! First Ministers’ Meeting Negotiation – Federal Action Item

(September 2004) Contact Prime Minister Martin and Health Minister Donsanjh with an important message.   ACTION ALERT

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Action Alert! First Ministers’ Meeting Negotiation – Ontario Action Item

(September 2004) Contact Premier McGuinty and remind him of what the public demands of him on health care.   ACTION ALERT

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Briefing Note Pharmacare in the Public Interest

(August 23, 2004)   BRIEFING NOTE

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Briefing Note Canadian Health Coalition: Medicare is Sustainable, For-Profit Care is Not

(May 14, 2004)   BRIEFING NOTE

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Briefing Note For-Profit MRI/CT Clinics

(April 22, 2003)   MEDIA BRIEFING NOTE 

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Release Where’s It Going? Ontario Health Coalition Responds to Budget

(March 28, 2003)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Analysis OHC Analysis of the First Ministers’ Health Accord

(February 11, 2003) A reading of the new “Health Accord” reached last week at the First Ministers’ meetings leads to more questions than answers. However, some of the agreement is fairly clear. This is a preliminary analysis highlighting some key issues based on the Accord and on others’ analyses.   ANALYSIS 

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Release Eves Guilty of Hidden Money, Misspending

(February 4, 2003)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Release Citizens’ Groups Issue Collective Call: “Implement Romanow Now!”

(December 6, 2002)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Analysis Preliminary Analysis of the Romanow Report from the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Labour Congress

(November 28, 2002) The Romanow Report on the Future of Health Care concluded that there is a consensus among Canadians that Medicare is a moral enterprise, not a commercial venture. Canadians believe that equal and timely access to medically necessary health services on the basis of need alone is a right of citizenship.   ANALYSIS

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Report Roy Romanow’s Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada has presented its report, “Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada”

(November 2002)   FINAL REPORT

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Release Banff Health Ministers’ Meeting

(September 4, 2002)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Backgrounder “The Pulse” OHC Newsletter – Romanow Update and OHC Post-Romanow Assembly

(September 2002)   BACKGROUNDER

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Release Over One Hundred Thousand So Far Have Signed “Yes” for Public Medicare Petition

(May 30, 2002)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Update “The Pulse” – Canadians Speak Out to Save Public Medicare! Overwhelming Majority Support Public Medicare as Romanow Crosses the Country

(March 25, 2002)   UPDATE 

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Release Coalition Appeals to Romanow: Learn What Not to Do from Ontario

(February 6, 2002)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Submission The Canadian Women’s Health Network’s Submission to the Romanow Commission

(December 2001)   SUBMISSION

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Submission OHC Submission to the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada

(October 1, 2001)   SUBMISSION

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Update “The Pulse” – The Romanow Commission

(Fall 2001)   UPDATE 

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Release Slamming Ontario’s Medicare Record: Coalition Calls for Decisive Federal Action

(September 11, 2000)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Letter to Chretien Regarding First Ministers’ Meeting Health Care Proposals

(September 8, 2000)   LETTER 

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Release Prime Minister Blasted for Inaction on Alberta’s Private Hospitals’ Legislation

(May 10, 2000)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Release Demonstration in Toronto at Allan Rock’s Office Part of Coast-to-Coast Action to Preserve Medicare

(March 6, 2000)   MEDIA RELEASE

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Letter to Chretien Regarding Alberta’s Proposal to Contract with For-Profit Hospitals

(February 3, 2000)   LETTER 

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