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Town Hall on National Seniors Strategy

May 8, 2015 - 10:00 am

On Friday, May 8 in South Surrey Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Centre and Federal Liberal Health Critic will host a Town Hall meeting on a National Seniors Strategy. At present, there is no comprehensive national strategy for seniors care. This meeting will be an opportunity to share your priorities for such a strategy. As one of the organizations presenting at the town hall meeting, the BC Health Coalition will be sharing important seniors care research, and their priorities for a national seniors' strategy.…Read More

About one-third of B.C. seniors in long-term care prescribed antipsychotic drugs, advocate finds

Erin Ellis | The Vancouver Sun  A report released today by B.C.’s Seniors Advocate says 34 per cent of care home residents are prescribed antipsychotic medications although only three per cent of that group have been diagnosed with psychiatric disorder. That’s down from the 50 per cent of long-term care residents on antipsychotic drugs recorded in a Ministry of Health report from 2011.…Read More

BC Budget leaves province unprepared for looming federal health care cuts

VICTORIA (.pdf version) - The BC Health Coalition says that the 2015 budget fails to plan for the looming federal health care cuts and lacks the leadership needed to care for the province's aging population. "B.C. is facing a 5 billion dollar cut to health care under the federal government's new funding formula and this budget leaves us unprepared," says BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget.…Read More

Ombudsperson, Seniors Advocate to speak at sold out seniors care conference Friday; overwhelming response indicates strong appetite for change

VANCOUVER -  Media are welcome to attend tomorrow's sold out conference: System Change for Seniors Care. BC's Ombudsperson Kim Carter and Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie will both speak about their roles in improving seniors' care. Afternoon sessions will address residential care, home support, poverty and other key issues. The conference is co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the BC Health Coalition.…Read More

Taking action on seniors care and support

December 10, 2012 - 09:15 am

An invitation from the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network, BC Health Coalition, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/Remaining Light Project Join us at a community forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter’s comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC’s home and community care system. Ms. Carter’s recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into “systemic issues” in seniors care in BC.  …Read More

Home Support Forum

February 6, 2014 - 07:00 pm

Join us at a community forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter’s comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC’s home and community care system. Ms. Carter’s recommendations were released February 14, 2012 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into “systemic issues” in seniors care in BC.  In the almost two years since the report was released the government has yet to fully implement one of the recommendations.…Read More

Shedding the Light on Seniors' Care

April 12, 2012 - 07:00 pm

Join us at a free public forum to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter's comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC's home and community care system. Ms. Carter's recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into "systemic issues" in seniors care in BC. The purpose of the forum is not to come to one common understanding or analysis of the Ombudsperson's report, or the government's response to it, but rather to learn more and discuss ideas in an open dialogue.…Read More

The Ombudsperson’s Report on Seniors Care in BC – Building a Community-Based Response

March 5, 2012 - 02:45 pm

An invitation from the Vancouver Cross-Cultural Seniors Network, BC Health Coalition, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives/Remaining Light Project Join us at a community forum March 5 to discuss BC Ombudsperson Kim Carter's comprehensive recommendations for improving quality, accessibility, and accountability in BC's home and community care system. Ms. Carter's recommendations were released February 14 as part of her second and final report on her province-wide investigation into "systemic issues" in seniors care in BC.…Read More

B.C. Budget won’t meet health care needs as expiry of health accord nears

More innovation required, say public health care advocates Victoria - The BC Health Coalition says that the 2014 budget is inadequate when it comes to taking the necessary steps toward improving the public system and ensuring its sustainability. "In an era of federal government health care cuts and abandonment of national standards, it is more important than ever for B.C. to take proactive measures to steward our public health care system properly," said BC Health Coalition co-chair Rick Turner of today's budget, which projects a reduction in real health care spending.…Read More

B.C. budget 2014: 'Boring, balanced budget' MSP premiums, tobacco tax to rise, while first-time homebuyers will get some help

By Jenni Sheppard, CBC News Posted: Feb 18, 2014 2:51 PM PT (excerpt)..."MSP premiums rise for 6th time: Medical Services Plan premiums will increase by four per cent, taking the cost for the average family up to $144 per month. Meanwhile, de Jong said, health-care spending will increase $2.5 billion over three years, and will account for 42 per cent of government expenses by 2016-17. "This is significantly less than would have been the case just a few years ago when health-care budgets were increasing by up to five per cent year on year.…Read More

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