Reverse the AHS decision to stop non-insured services at the Lois Hole Clinic in Edmonton.
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We, the undersigned residents of Alberta, call on Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health Services Board, the Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman, Premier Rachel Notley and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta to reverse the decision made to no longer offer non-insured fertility services (such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and programs for donor eggs and sperm) at the Women's Endocrine Clinic at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women in Edmonton, Alberta.
Many patients at this clinic are in the middle of treatment plans, they have gone through extensive testing and worked on specific plans with their doctors. This change for many will mean starting over and delaying treatments. This change is forcing Albertans into using private clinics that are unregulated and for-profit. We can't all afford the increased costs of privatization. We, as Albertan's, shouldn't be forced to take on additional costs while dealing with infertility and trying to have a family.
Ms. Hoffman it is your government that has stated: "The size of your paycheque should never determine the quality of health care your family receives. But creeping privatization, planned spending cuts, and a new court challenge by powerful interests threaten to end universal public health care as we know it. It doesn’t have to be this way. Stand with New Democrats to defend our cherished healthcare system and improve it for future generations."
Why are you now forcing people into the exact system you said you would defend us from?
If reproductive mental health is a priority, as stated in many press statements by AHS, why isn't the mental health of the 3500 active patients at this clinic being considered? Why aren't you listening to your patients and to all Albertan's concerned with this decision?
We want to see this decision reversed and all services continued. We want to see AHS support the staff in this clinic and allow them to continue to provide excellent services to all of their patients that struggle with infertility.
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