Today’s Random Green Party Policy of the Day from Vision Green is page 76:
“Greens subscribe to the World Health Organization’s definition of health as a ‘complete state of physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’ Our present health-care system addresses only one dimension – the treatment of disease and/or trauma by qualified professionals in publicly-funded medical facilities…
The Green fully support the Canada Health Act (CHA) and all of its principles. We oppose any level of privatized, for-profit health care. The five criteria of the CHA guiding the provincial public health insurance plans, which we believe to be non-negotiable, are:
1. Public administration: The public health insurance plan must be managed in a public, not-for-profit fashion.
2. Comprehensiveness: All residents must be covered for ‘medically necessary’ health services.
3. Universality: All residents must be covered by the public insurance plan on uniform terms and conditions.
4. Portability: All residents must be covered by their public plan, wherever they are treated in Canada.
5. Accessibility: All residents must have access to insured health care services on uniform terms and conditions without direct or indirect financial charges, or discrimination based on age, health status, or financial circumstances.
The threat of a NAFTA challenge from the American for-profit health care industry cannot be over-estimated. Allowing for-profit health care would be the ‘thin end of the wedge’ that jeopardizes our entire health system…
Green Party MPs will:
Eliminate Two-Tier Health Care
- Identify and measure the extent of two-tier health care in Canada and strive for the elimination of two-tier health care as quickly as economically possible.
Improve Our Existing Acute Care System
- Use the full force of federal spending power under the Canada Health Act to oppose any steps that open the way to further two-tier health care in Canada.
- Address the cost crisis that produces long waitlists by providing more money to hire staff to open currently closed beds, fully utilize existing operating rooms in hospitals and purchase new diagnostic equipment.
- Provide funds immediately to being training more doctors and nurses.
- Work with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) to immediately establish qualification standards and on-the-job mentorship programs to fast-track certification of foreign trained health care professionals.
- Provide student loan forgiveness incentives for graduating doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health care professionals who agree to staff rural facilities and family practice clinics where recruitment is currently a problem…
Improve Our Chronic Care System
- Enshrine a policy that seniors’ care must be provided in the communities where they or their families live.
- Expand home support and home care programs and assisted-living services to support people with chronic care needs, including many seniors who wish to stay in their own homes and communities…
Reduce the Costs of Pharmacare
- Advocate for immediate action on the 2004 Standing Committee on Health recommendation that Health Canada enforce the current prohibition of all industry-sponsored advertisements on prescription drugs to the public to help reduce the demand for unnecessary prescription drugs…
- Immediately embark on a commission to study and conduct a cost-benefit analysis on the feasibility of establishing, in cooperation with the provinces, a new crown corporation to bulk purchase and dispense generic drugs to pharmacies, and the feasibility of establishing a national pharmacare program that ensures that effective pharmaceuticals are available to all Canadians who need them.
Quick Translation: Canada’s Health Care system is worth preserving, and it also needs alot of work to ensure that it is accessible, universal, and effective.
Won’t it feel great to vote Green!