BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare mourn the passing of Joseph J Arvay, O.C, O.B.C, Q.C
Dec 09, 2020
The BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Joseph Arvay, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C. As Coalition Intervenors in the Cambie trial, Joe was a key member of our legal team. In the legal battle to defend public health care in BC, Joe and his team were our voice in the courtroom.
A prescription for recovery: Canadian doctors urge Trudeau government to introduce universal public drug coverage
Sep 21, 2020
Toronto (September 21, 2020) - In anticipation of this Wednesday’s Throne Speech, Canadian doctors are again calling on the government to take immediate action to implement universal, public pharmacare. “We are the only high income country in the world with a universal health care system that does not include a universal drug plan. COVID-19 has only heightened the need to close that gap,” said Dr. Danyaal Raza, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and family physician in downtown Toronto. “Canada also has the third highest per capita drug spending in the world. It is clear that the status quo is...
Cambie ruling a victory for public health care in Canada
Sep 10, 2020
(Unceded Coast Salish Territories - Vancouver, BC) In today’s landmark ruling in the Cambie Surgery Centre case, Justice Steeves dealt a strong blow to the efforts of Dr. Brian Day and others to undermine Canada’s publicly-funded health care system. The decade-long legal attack launched by one of the largest for-profit surgical centres in Canada sought to invalidate key sections of the BC Medicare Protection Act (MPA). This decision ensures that access to health care will continue to be based on need and not on ability to pay. “This is a historic victory against profit-driven health care in Canada,” said Dr. Danyaal Raza,...
Statement of solidarity in the fight against anti-Black racism
Jun 02, 2020
The events of the last week have served as a painful reminder that anti-Black racism impacts the lives of so many, with our own unique history and political context in Canada beyond that which occurs in the US. As an evidence-based organization dedicated to better health and health care, we know that racism has a profound influence on peoples' health and wellbeing in many ways, including their ability to access health care. We denounce racism against all racialized communities and particularly, stand in solidarity with our Black members and supporters, as well as Black communities across Canada and the US...
Canadians deserve real action on national pharmacare
Dec 05, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) is discouraged by the Government of Canada’s insufficient pledge to move forward on universal public pharmacare in today’s Speech from the Throne, and calls on the government to provide details on investments and timelines that are more reflective of its campaign promises now that the 43rd Parliament is in session.
Job and health services cuts not what Albertans voted for
Dec 02, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare are deeply concerned over proposed and wide-ranging cuts to health care services in Alberta, including a reduction in acute care beds, layoffs for nursing staff and cuts to physician services, appearing to predominantly target family physicians serving complex and inner city patients.
Closing defense statements to proceed in Cambie trial
Nov 22, 2019
Closing statements for the defense are scheduled to begin on Monday, 25 November 2019 before the Supreme Court of British Columbia in a landmark legal challenge that threatens the central organizing principle of Canada’s public health care system – that care should be provided first to those who need it most, not to those who can afford to pay for quicker access.
CDM congratulates Health Minister Patty Hajdu
Nov 20, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare congratulates the Hon. Patty Hajdu on her appointment today as the Minister of Health, and looks forward to working with her ministry and government on the implementation of national pharmacare and the strengthening of the Canada Health Act.
CDM congratulates the Liberal Party on its election victory
Oct 22, 2019
Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM) congratulates the Liberal Party of Canada on winning re-election, and urges the new government to make a clear and substantial commitment to implementing universal public pharmacare in its 2020 federal budget.