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CMAJ article about the 'role of the federal government in the health care of Canada'
Monday, August 5, 2013


Excerpt from the CMAJ article published on July 31, 2013:


"The Council of the Federation, comprised of Canada's 13 premiers, met July 24-26 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to discuss, in part, their collaborative efforts to improve health care. They also called on the federal government to stop cutting funding and offloading responsibilities.


These responsibilities include, among other things, health coverage for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and refugee health care, and cuts to long-term care beds for veterans, says The Council of Canadians' Health Care Campaigner Adrienne Silnicki.


While these are important, there are other aspects of medicare that also require federal collaboration, say several organizations.


The Council of Canadians, a national, nonprofit, social action organization, arranged a protest of several thousand people during the premiers' meeting. Their main goal was to get the premiers to demand that Prime Minister Stephen Harper meet with them to negotiate health care in Canada."



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