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Sault seniors appeal: Renegotiate Canada's Health Accord

Saturday, March 29, 2014   by: Staff has received the following open letter to MP Bryan Hayes from the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Senior Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). SHAC is very concerned that the National Health Accord will expire on March 31, 2014, and our federal government has chosen not to renew this important federal-provincial agreement. 

Dear Mr. Hayes,
This letter is from the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Seniors Health Advisory Committee (SHAC).
The purpose of our committee is to determine and address seniors’ health issues in the district of Algoma by lobbying, educating, and supporting initiatives for seniors.
On March 31, 2014, the National Health Accord will expire.
The federal government has chosen not to renegotiate this important health agreement.  
For the last ten years the Health Accord has performed the vital role of providing stable funding and promoting national standards in health care so that all Canadians can expect the same access to health care no matter who they are or where they reside in this country.
That will end on March 31, 2014.  
While the provinces and territories have called upon the federal government to meet with them to work on a new Health Accord, their efforts have been unsuccessful.
Federal leadership is necessary to secure public health care for all, from infants to seniors. 
Canada needs a Health Accord. 
Without it health services will become fragmented. 
Access to care will increasingly depend on where one lives. 
Without a Health Accord the federal government will not have the means to ensure provinces are complying with the principles of the Canada Health Act: public administration, universal access, comprehensive coverage, accessibility without extra charges or discrimination and portability. 
Without a Health Accord provincial governments will have free rein to spend health care money as they choose, resulting in a patchwork system of health services across the country. 
And the massive cuts of $36 billion in federal health care transfers over the next ten years will unfortunately lead to the privatization of health care services that all Canadians and particularly seniors depend upon.
In 2014 Ontario will suffer through a federal health care funding shortfall of about $650 million. 
This will have drastic repercussions on healthcare services in Ontario.
Already Ontario is experiencing severe hospital overcrowding, a shortage of long-term care beds, cuts to registered nursing positions, insufficient home care services, etc.
Canada has an aging population and access to health care services is paramount. 
In the Algoma District 25 percent of the population are over 60. 
We need the federal government to strengthen our public health care system, not dismantle it. 
We ask that the federal government act to negotiate a plan with the provinces and territories to meet the health care needs of all Canadians.
Our organization is a member of the Ontario Coalition of Senior Citizens that represents approximately 160 organizations across the province with approximately 500,000 members. 
The Coalition is in full support of the request and will be contacting members across the province to reinforce this request.
We know that the senior population is escalating in leaps and bounds and we are very worried, as we mentioned previously, that cuts to federal health care funding will have drastic repercussions not only for Ontario but for the whole country.
Please renegotiate Canada’s Health Accord.
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Mr. Poster 3/29/2014 8:40:59 PM Report

Lets see now... Hayes will have to check with Harper to get Harpers response to this.
I'm In 3/29/2014 9:19:25 PM Report

As if Harper is going to listen to Hayes and the rest of the PC Backbenchers
I'm In 3/29/2014 10:18:02 PM Report

Keep voting PC, the rich mans party and you working poor/middle class will pay for everything.
soowat 3/29/2014 11:29:59 PM Report

Harpo shoulda learned from Bullroney that you don't mess with us old folk.My only question is why did these folks write to Dahaze since he's as useful as mammaries on a male member of the bovine family
Right of Centre 3/30/2014 1:23:02 AM Report

"In 2014 Ontario will suffer through a federal health care funding shortfall of about $650 million."

If politically-motivated gas plant cancellations hadn't happened, Ontario would be $1.1 billion richer. Add in all of the other Ontario Liebral waste. I don't think the feds feel particularly sympathetic to Ontario and it's corrupt Liebral government. Can't say I blame them.
Sammy1099 3/30/2014 11:21:29 AM Report

Right of Centre

You’re forgetting the E-Health scandal the Orange air ambulance fiasco. You take what is publicly known and multiply by about 20. That’s usually a good estimate of the scams and blatant incompetence thriving in any political party.

Oh yea ever noticed how that debt retirement charge on your utility bill never seems to go away. The Dalton gang have been borrowing against it, another liberal slush fund to pay for the never-ending scams and BS.

Any bets once the Ontario liberals are turfed that the debt will be more then the $295b they are reporting.

The Tories are just as bad and the NDP would put us even deeper in the red similar to Greece. What great choices we have.
I'm In 3/30/2014 11:38:43 AM Report

Sammy I believe it is the Liberals running Ontario for the past 12 years where have you been, so keep voting Liberal and keep the status quo if you don't have a better choice.
Sammy1099 3/30/2014 11:49:16 AM Report

I'm In

I think you missed my sarcasm. I can't stand any of the political parties. On a scale of 1-10 where 1 is the worst the liberals are at 1 and the PC's and NDP are tied at 2.

I haven't voted in years the thought of casting a ballot for any party makes me ill.
shirle 3/30/2014 12:00:12 PM Report

I as a senior are troubled by this news
To who are concerned and "in charge of these decisions" please remember that your loved ones and friends will also be in the problems of health care if something positive is not done to strengthen our health system , with now and future older and all individuals care in mind..
We were always tops in our country for health care "What Happened?"
I'm In 3/30/2014 12:30:24 PM Report

Sammy if you don't have your say, then what the ruling party does you'll have to take it up the ying yang. I have a favorite party they are the NDP (Formerly CCF Party and Tommy Douglas who brought Canadians health care in the 1960's) so parents didn't have to pay the hospital to bring their babies home after they born for one things

shirle: What happened is all working poor/middle class turned away from the NDP after the Bob Rae Fiasco in 1995 he was a Liberal in ORANGE, you all better get behind Andrea Horwath the NDP Premier Candidate in the upcoming Ontario Provincial election or you will be paying for all your Healthcare like our Neighbours to the South
Sammy1099 3/30/2014 1:51:53 PM Report

I'm In

You’re joking right?

Here I fixed your statement. I think it’s much more accurate.

No matter the ruling party you will take it up the Ying Yang.

The NDP will turn this province into a welfare state. We already have Quebec for that. The Country can’t afford another Quebec.

When a party comes along worth voting for I’ll start voting again. I can’t bring myself to vote for any of the parties, I can’t stand any of the crooked incompetent asses. I’m not alone either if you pay attention to voter turn out. I’m not going to vote just for the sake of voting. I think that’s how RAE got in.

I can’t believe the current offerings are the best and brightest this country has to offer.
Mr. Poster 3/30/2014 2:51:28 PM Report

Less than 45 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. Maybe it is time for a brand new party to emerge. THE PEOPLES PARTY OF CANADA.
harry dick 3/30/2014 3:57:20 PM Report

I'm in : It would be cheaper for most working people to pay for an all inclusive private healthcare package than pay all the extra taxes they pay now. In the world that I live in , the seniors should not have to pay school taxes , drug costs and medical costs. We have paid for all of these for over 40 years already ! . If you do the math on the money that the governments have collected from us,for these 40 years ,we
should be in a surplus situation now. The problem is that the governments of this country have been emptying all of these different areas like CPP. and OHIP and using the money for other purposes such as paying big bucks for bringing in supposed refugees from other countries and paying them to the tune of $2600.00 a month to live,when we have over 2 million people without employment in this country already. Also the federal government has given over 1 billion dollars away to the middle east for refugees over there not knowing if the money is even getting to the people that need it. They just tell us to shut up and keep paying. {like Bob Rae told us in 1990 .]
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