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The BC Health Coalition regularly contributes to discussion about public health care issues in the media.

Check out our recent news releases below, along with current "health care in the news" stories. See our For the Media page for media contact information, a high resolution copy of our logo, and other useful information.

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

Charlottetown activist fears uprooting of health care

Jim Day | The Guardian  Mary Boyd is keeping a keen eye on a constitutional challenge of British Columbia’s ban on private health care. She fears if the challenge, launched by former Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Brian Day, is successful, the ramifications will be felt across Canada, including P.E.I.…Read More

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