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Petition to Kelvin Goertzen

Dignity in childbirth for Manitoba women

Dear Honourable Kelvin Goertzen, Minister of Health in Manitoba, Canada: I am writing you in regards to a rising patient care concern in Manitoba hospitals that has come to my attention. This is a sensitive topic, but please consider that any possible discomfort in discussing this issue pales in comparison to the discomfort experienced by women who are directly affected, and that it is a point of view shared by a great number of them.  In an effort to cut healthcare costs, several maternity wards in Manitoba are no longer providing postpartum feminine products to their patients. Specifically, they have stopped supplying the postpartum pads and disposable mesh underwear that are normally provided to new mothers in the immediate days following childbirth. This presents a significant problem for several reasons: These are not products that can simply be bought in a store. They can only be ordered through specialty medical supply companies. This requires resources that many women simply don't have. It also requires planning ahead, which can be difficult due to the unpredictability of childbirth. As a result, many women turn to menstrual products or incontinence products, many of which are not safe or adequate for the immediate postpartum period. It risks leaving women in very undignified situations should they come unprepared. First time mothers especially may not be forewarned of the severity of postpartum bleeding and may only bring regular menstrual products. Mothers who are being transferred from other regions or facilities in Manitoba may not have brought anything at all. The postpartum time is one of intense physical and emotional vulnerability, pain and limited mobility. It should be spend resting, healing and bonding with the newborn, not in distress and embarrassment over postpartum leakage. Need I really go into detail? Let me just say "hemorrhage" and "lemon sized blood clots!"  In some situations postpartum women have been given one postpartum pad and one mesh panty, and told no other ones would be provided for the remainder of the hospital stay. The assumption would be that the patient would acquire any other necessary products herself, however in reality this risks the patient using the one pad for far too long, which presents a considerable health risk. Women have also been told to wash the mesh panty themselves and wear it over and over again, even when wet! It conveys a very dismissive and out of touch attitude towards basic biology, maternity issues and women in general. Investing in maternal health only has positive outcomes for any society, as has been proven over and over again on an international scale. Basic dignity and hygiene in the immediate days following childbirth is not something that women in Canadian hospitals should have to fight for in the 21st century! There are ways of cutting back on on unnecessary healthcare spending, but this is not the way to do it. As one of many concerned mothers I am urging you to reinstate the provision of these very necessary healthcare products. Please sign and share this petition.

Miriam James-Decker
6,016 supporters
Started 2 months 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
149 supporters
Started 2 months 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