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Health For All

  • In Ontario, where the austerity has lasted longer and inflicted even deeper cuts into hospital care than England, campaigners from the Ontario health Coalition are attempting to influence a 3-way race in elections for the provincial government.

    Watch one of their campaign videos

    Check out the OHC website here

  • Watch World Bank President Jim Yong Kim say user fees from the sick are the least efficient and inequitable way to finance a health system. It’s only taken the Bank 30 years to get to the conclusion many campaigners around the world knew in the first place!

  • Even the die-hard neoliberal Economist catches on, headlining: Universal health care, worldwide, is within reach: the case for it is a powerful one - including in poor countries

    Read this belated common sense here.

  • And the Australians, too, who have gone further than most towards privatising insurance as well as provision of care: fewer are opting for Private Health Insurance

    Health insurance industry distrusted by Australians

Canada


Canadian campaigners beat cuts and privatisation - A letter from Ontario Health Coalition Director Natalie Mehra to the first AGM of Health Campaigns Together.

The Ontario Health Coalition continues to fight cuts and privatisation across the vast province, with elections for the provincial government due for next June. Check out their website.

Europe

Demanding Health For All, a hard hitting new video – very timely given the approaching 70th anniversary of the NHS – has been issued by Public Services International, the Geneva-based world-wide alliance of public sector trade unions. It features PSI’s Baba Aye.

A European pamphlet on neoliberalism and health

“The struggle for Health: an emancipatory approach in the era of neoliberal globalization” edited by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office.

You can download the pamphlet from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung website, or from HERE.

The Struggle for Health, a new pamphlet on the fight for health care in an age of neoliberalism, has been produced by Sebastian Franco of the Rosa Luxembourg Institute in Brussels. Download here.

The European Public Service Union (EPSU) brings together unions representing 8 million workers across the continent, and stands against austerity, cuts and privatisation. They have a website here, and a (relatively dated) overview of changes in European health systems here.

EPSU also supports the European Network against privatization and commercialization of Health and Social protection, which holds conferences and organises an annual Europe-wide mobilisation on April 7 each year. The Network is building an online database of privatisation. See its website here.

International Association of Health Policy in Europe (IAHPE) is holding its 18th Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece on September 21-24, supported by an impressive range of organisations from Europe, the Americas and Asia. Its blog, with links to the Conference are here.

USA

Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) have been battling for the replacement of the costly, wasteful and exclusive health care system with a publicly-funded 'single-payer' system that would cover all Americans. They are gaining ground as the fight goes on against Donald Trump's plans. Their website with a wealth of information on the US health care system is here.

International

April 7 each year is a day of international solidarity against privatisation. For the last few years this date has not worked well in England, but a network of campaigners have taken up the fight. Click here for a short video promoting the idea.




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