Statement on UN World Health Day

OTTAWA – “Health care should never be taken for granted,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands). “The Green Party was the first party to call for Pharmacare and continues to advocate for this. The Liberals’ recent Pharmacare report was extremely disappointing. While Canadians are fortunate to have a universal health-care system, it’s in need of a serious overhaul.”

The theme of this year’s UN World Health Day (April 7) is universal coverage for all. While Canadians receive free health care in their province of residency, many problems continue to plague the system such as longer wait lists for diagnosis and surgery, overcrowded emergency rooms and a persistent shortage of family doctors. About 4.7 million Canadians do not have a regular health-care provider.

“Canada remains the only developed country in the world with a universal health-care program that does not include a national prescription drug plan,” added Ms. May.

“Scientists have repeatedly warned us that we are facing a climate catastrophe, and we should anticipate that this will have a negative impact on people’s health,” observed Green Party Deputy Leader Daniel Green. “Heat waves, floods and forest fires will all have direct repercussions on the well-being of populations. We can expect an upsurge of heat-related diseases such as heat stroke; water-borne diseases will increase and cardiovascular health will deteriorate due to air pollution. The Green Party calls on Health Canada to prepare a national plan to address the health impacts of climate change.”