Son’s death inspires Calgary family’s health care advocacy

Advocacy has many levels and dimensions.

It’s important to encourage and recognize efforts by families, health care providers and non-profit organizations. They advocate for, pursue and introduce improvements to make the system more responsive to the needs of patients and their right to have timely access to quality care.

People such as the Price family from Calgary, who lost their 31-year-old son, Greg, after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. According to the Calgary Herald: “Multiple breaks in Greg’s care and miscommunications between his doctors led to delay after delay until his death about four months later in May 2012.”

Their website, HealthArrows offers a simple invitation: “Help to evolve health care in Alberta to something we are all proud of, Health care that is Continuous, Collaborative and Patient Centered. One that can be appropriately named a system. Join in on the conversation and show that you care too by liking, tweeting, linking and sharing.”

Their goal is “to mobilize support for the great people inside the system who are bravely trying to innovate and to make improvement, while facing the very strong political headwinds that are a reality of a monopolistic, government/politically-managed system.”

Their current initiative is “a short, high-quality film showing Greg’s fatal journey through the health care system.” Audiences are future doctors, current providers, the public, patients and their families, and the healthy public.,

Then there’s our advocacy, by the Association of Canadians for Sustainable Medicare [C4SM].

Sustainability of Canada’s publicly funded health-care system, i.e., Medicare, will require a major systemic transformation fuelled by political willpower:

  • Fiscal probity by governments
  • A truly patient-focused culture, as demonstrated by a care guarantee and by patient choice
  • The end of the public-sector monopoly in hospital and physician services

C4SM’s advocacy is a Herculean challenge, one which some might suggest is more accurately described as a Quixotic crusade.

Your financial support is welcomed, either through our website or by a cheque to: Association of Canadians for Sustainable Medicare c/o 37 Eldorado Drive, St. Albert, AB. T8N 7G4. Note: contributions are not tax deductible.

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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