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BC seniors to discuss the end of federal leadership on public health care


Friday, April 11, 2014; 10:00 am to 11:00 am


Hastings Community Centre
3096 East Hastings St, Vancouver


BC’s largest federation of seniors has expressed deep concern about the failure of the federal government to negotiate a new health accord with provinces and territories.

“Unless the federal government changes its mind and negotiates a new health accord, Medicare will be fragmented, with different standards of care in different parts of the country. Medicare will no longer be a national program. And the federal government’s multi-billion dollar reductions in funding will lead to more cuts in service to patients,” says Lorraine Logan, President of the Council of Senior Citizens’ Organizations of B.C. (COSCO).

The federal-provincial health accord that set national standards of care expired on March 31.

To raise awareness of the seriousness of the issue, COSCO is hosting a public event. Speakers include:

• Wendell Potter, a health policy expert. Potter is former head of communications at Cigna, a multinational health insurance company. In his book Deadly Spin, he exposed the industry PR juggernaut that spends millions lobbying and funding front groups to promote for-profit care.

• Alex Himelfarb, director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University. A federal public servant for 28 years, he served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet for three prime ministers.


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