health care

38 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Government of Canada, Canadian Government, Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau, Andrew Scheer, Elizabeth May, Peter Fragiskatos, Joël Lightbound, Kathleen Wynne, Eric Hoskins, Deb Matthews, John Fraser, France Gélinas, Jeff Yurek, Andrea Horwath, Patrick Brown

Give Canada Universal Drug Coverage!

In 1966, Parliament approved a publicly-funded health care system under the principle that access to health care shouldn’t depend on location, income, or wealth. Today, Canada’s health care system provides excellent care while balancing resource expenditure, and we can all access quality care without excessive personal cost. Every Canadian, regardless of financial situation, can access the treatment they need. Except the makers of Medicare missed a few important things. If you’ve ever been sick and needed to take prescription medication, you’ll know that they can be expensive and they’re not always covered. Last year, we spent 30 billion dollars to fill over 600 million prescriptions. As for coverage, Canada has a confusing patchwork of public and private drug plans that vary depending on where you live or work. And despite those plans, Canadians still pay 22% of drug costs out-of-pocket. What are we spending all that money on? Well, it’s often spent on drugs that have a cheaper alternative. In the last five years, we’ve wasted 15 billion dollars on overpriced prescription drugs, and over 80% of new prescription drugs entering the market today don’t even offer any medicinal advantage compared to drugs already covered by drug plans. The combination of high prices and low coverage means that one in ten Canadians don’t fill their prescriptions because they can’t afford it. Health is influenced by a number of factors called the social determinants of health. These factors are often out of our control and include education, housing, race, location, access to healthy food, job security, and many more. This, along with no national Pharmacare coverage, is causing inequities in our health care system. What can we do about it? The answer is pretty simple: cover prescription drugs just like we cover doctor and hospital visits. There’s more than enough precedent: Canada is the only country in the developed world with a national universal healthcare system with no national pharmacare system. Pharmacare will enable the government to negotiate bulk purchasing from drug companies on behalf of all 35 million Canadians. Not only would everyone be covered, but drugs would actually cost less. It’s a big investment, but an even bigger reward. That’s why we’re calling on the federal government to include pharmacare in our medicare system. Sign our petition to help encourage our government to take the first steps to ending this inequity.  

Aoife Pucchio and Rafique Van Uum
143 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Sign

Right to Choose Private and Alternative Healthcare

In British Columbia, Canada, there are many regulations and limitations when it comes to private and alternative healthcare.  Currently, in BC, it is illegal to seek surgery that is covered by MSP.   In 2016, BC had the fourth consecutive increase in wait times for medically necessary surgeries at a new record of 25.2 weeks. Those who have the means to pay for medical services should be allowed to seek health services from private surgery centres.   In 2015, over 45,000 Canadians travelled abroad to seek medical treatment.  Record long wait times lead to increased suffering and diminished quality of life for patients, resulting in declined productivity at work, and in worst cases, disability or even death. Those who are unable to wait or choose not to wait, will go elsewhere to seek treatment, so does it not make sense to have it available in our own country? Another issue is alternative therapy for children under 18 years of age.  If your child has a medical issue and conventional medical care fails, parents should have the right to seek complementary/alternative help for their child.  Everyone wants what’s best for their children and it should be perfectly legal to seek other forms of help.  There are currently many limitations when it comes to children.  With the consent of the parent(s) and when either parent is present during alternative medical treatments with the child, shouldn’t it be legal for an alternative practitioner to touch the patient in areas that requires medical attention? We should have the right to choose!

Andrea Sze
13 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Jane Philpott, Justin Trudeau, Jane Philpott, Navdeep Bains, Catherine McKenna, Kirsty Duncan, Lawrence MacAulay, Chrystia Freeland

Universal Cancer Strategy: Task Force

Help stop cancer TODAY. When it comes to our country's cancer strategies, we Canadians are in deep need of change. An estimated 40% of us will face cancer at least once in our lifetimes. Yet in the race for the “cure,” we are heading the wrong way. Our systems of "efficient", "cost-effective" collateral damage are putting unwitting Canadians at unnecessary risk... in our hospitals and homes and at our check-out counters, every day. Antibiotics and NSAIDS damage our immune system. Birth control and hormone therapies could be carcinogenic. Mammograms and radiation treatments are a risk for cancer. Ditto the routine bone scans and CTs. Lymph removal sets us up for a lifetime of internal 'toxic spills'. MRIs come with an injection of controversial heavy metal (that can deposit in our brains). Tamoxifen is a cancer risk.  Morphine may cause tumours to spread. Chemo poisons healthy tissue and cells. It's enough to make us wonder how any cancer patient manages not to get sick again. Who's on damage control? Does “do no harm” fall outside the current standard of care? In the reactionary war on tumours we need snipers not carpet bombs. Or better still, restorative healthcare that champions the body, helping it heal and defend itself. “The real need for a universal overhaul is not in our bodies but in our systems of governance and care. We need protective regulations that prevent risk and avoid cancer crises in the first place. Yet thousands of inadequately tested synthetics are legally introduced to our food, medicines and environment every year. Our soup cans are lined with carcinogens. Even our trade deals put us at risk. Allowing multinational companies to collect damages from governments when health and safety measures frustrate the bottom line. Far too many Canadians are being offered risky treatments over safer alternatives because they’re more efficient, cost effective or profitable for the powers that be. Many are inadequately informed about the exposure to radiation, administration of drugs, long term risks and potential repercussions associated with their treatments and tests. We taxpayers are subsidizing a medical industry biased towards risky, patentable, knock-off drugs over their safer, naturally-occurring, predecessors. A business model that profits from treating symptoms rather than preventing disease and finding cures. If we're really serious about cancer, It's time we invested seriously in preventing this worsening epidemic of disease. It's time to demand better of our legal system and healthcare. It's time for real change. We're calling for a universal cancer strategy to prevent unnecessary cancer risks. A governmental task force to investigate safe, non-toxic cancer treatments and preventative care. A systems-wide game plan for deep, meaningful investment in prevention, the subsidy of risk-free treatments and tests and better regulation, of not only our healthcare but our systems of law and trade and well. We need you to help us: > Revise legislation on “informed consent”... >> Ensure we are explicitly advised of all adverse effects and potential long term repercussions associated with procedures and treatments. Not only the immediate actions or easily perceived symptoms but also the resulting systemic changes (like damaged gut flora, impaired lymphatic function, organ stress, injury to immune system, cell damage and increased risks for cancer and disease). >> Ensure that when procedures are booked, each patient is explicitly informed of all drug and radiation doses involved. >> Label consumer goods containing known toxins and carcinogens, including those chemicals known to promote cancer when combined with other ones. >> Mandate disclosure of the radiation exposure associated with different cell phone carriers (and their network technologies). > Increase in the amount cancer spending allotted to prevention and rehabilitative care. > Implement a preventative standard of care. Ensure all risk-associated procedures and treatments are accompanied by protocols to monitor and assess damage, as well as mitigate and repair. > Mandate stronger safety tests of consumer products and drugs. Including tests for whether prevalent chemicals work together to promote disease. > Revise our ISDS trade deals (NAFTA, TPP, CETA..). Ensure governments cannot be forced to pay out damages for enforcing health and safety measures that frustrate corporate investors' bottom lines > Address the profit-motivated bias of our research and development firms. Revise drug patent laws to eliminate financial incentives for adulterating naturally occurring medicines that work. > Prevent exorbitant price monopolies on necessary medicine and care. Canadians are counting on you, our government, to protect us and keep us safe. Our systems are failing us. We are in desperate need of honest, meaningful change. Our lives depend on it. Please don't let us down. A personal note from the petition founder: I was sick. I got cancer. Now I'm tumour free and less well. All my life I’ve been offered risky treatments over safer alternatives because they’re more "efficient" or "cost effective" for the powers that be. As a recent cancer survivor, I'm continually stunned by the number of risks we are not told about. So much damage could be prevented or better mitigated. This petition is our plea for a better way. Here's to our health. Be WELL - Niki  

Niki Andre
32 supporters