Celebrating Medicare
Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Roy RomanowThis program feature a broadcast of a historic address by Roy Romanow former chairperson of the Royal Commission on Future of Health Care in Canada and former Premier of Saskatchewan. He is speaking at a national celebration of the 25th anniversary of Canada Health Act which is the cornerstone for universal public health care for all in Canada. This event was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (home of the first province in Canada to introduce Medicare). It was sponsored by the Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2009 )
 
Message to Americans on Health Care
Monday, 24 August 2009

Making the Links and Wolf Sun productions have teamed up to put together this video message to Americans. While Americans have heard many ominous accounts of Canadian health care, this video provides important information on health care in Canada. It features Roy Romanow, former Saskatchewan premier and Commissioner of an investigation into the future of health care in Canada, Danielle Martin, President of Doctors for Medicare, Linda Silas, President of Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) President, and Stephen Lewis, a prominent leader in Canadian Health policy.

You can also find it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXXBCFnhsUc.


Last Updated ( Monday, 24 August 2009 )
 
The Coup in Honduras Undermining Health Care
Tuesday, 21 July 2009

MEDICC staff have spoken by telephone with Dr. Luther Castillo in Honduras. He asked us to thank all of you for defending the lives of Hondurans threatened by the coup. He is spending some hours most nights attending to wounded or to families housed in temporary shelters throughout Tegucigalpa. He moves around, doesn't sleep in one place. The streets after dark, he says, are "completely militarized".
 
He reports that the defacto government is attempting to stop demonstrations and continued strikes by teachers and others, selectively targeting their leaders using a growing "hit list" of names that include his own. He says the attacks are being carried out by the army or by "criminals-for-hire", reminiscent of the death squads of the 1980s. Three grassroots and labor leaders have been assassinated in the last few days alone.
 
Dr. Castillo has two main concerns:
 
ONE: the international press blackout on Honduras, with virtually all media either shut down or expelled. "We can't let silence win; we need your voices," he said.
 
TWO: the fate of the only Garifuna Hospital in Honduras, now without government support. Located in Ciriboya, the hospital is staffed by the group of young Garifuna doctors who founded it, working with volunteer Cuban physicians. Dr. Castillo reports they are down to their last supplies and medicines for 20,000 people living in the surrounding indigenous communities, settlements with nolights or running water.
 
"These are the poorest of the poor, the invisible poor. They are the real victims of the coup," Dr. Castillo told MEDICC.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Urge your government to act: Press your government to use it's influence to guarantee respect for the lives of Dr. Castillo, his colleagues and all those protesting the coup, and to ensure the return of Honduras' elected government.

Keep Hoduras in the Public Eye: Circulate this alert widely. Use your blogs, listservs and networks to spread the word. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.


If you are a health care worker or professional: Ask your union or professional association to issue a public statement defending the rights of your colleagues in Honduras.

Donate to the Garifuna Hospital:  Global Links in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has sent several containers of equipment and supplies already.  They will make your donation count for more.  Log on to:  www.globallinks.org 

For more information and actions you can take, go to:
 
Latin America Working Group-- www.lawg.org 
 
Center for Democracy in the Americas
www.democracyinamericas.org
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 July 2009 )
 
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