National Medicare Week: Celebrate Tommy's Legacy, Read about Medicare

    OTTAWA, Nov. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - To mark National Medicare Week,
November 18-24, the Canadian Health Coalition and the Canadian Centre for
Policy Alternatives are launching a new book entitled: Medicare: Facts, Myths,
Problems, Promise. The book is based on contributions to a remarkable
conference - S.O.S. Medicare 2: Looking Forward. The conference, held at the
University of Regina, was inspired by Tommy Douglas' Vision for the Future of
Medicare and brought together an unprecedented cast of health care icons:
Shirley Douglas, Monique Begin, and Tom Kent, to Allan Blakeney, Roy Romanow,
Stephen Lewis and Robert McMurtry, MD. Contributors also include leading
health policy experts, economists, doctors, nurses and people representing the
whole spectrum health care providers.
    "I encourage Prime Minister Harper and CMA president Dr. Brian Day to
read this book and commit to working together to fix problems rather than
using the problems as an excuse to go back to the days before Medicare when
doctors could charge whatever they wanted and care was rationed on the basis
of ability to pay not need," said Shirley Douglas.
    For anyone who cares about the future of Medicare, this book offers a
unique source of reliable, independent information and analysis. At a time
when ideologues and advocates of privatization capture much of the attention
of the media and politicians, this collection is an invaluable source of
information and ideas. Celebrate National Medicare Week by picking up a copy
of this book today.
    Medicare supporters from across Canada are marking National Medicare Week
with a variety activities, including public screenings of Michael Moore's new
film, SiCKO (now available on DVD).


    Medicare: Facts, Myths, Problems, Promise
    Edited by Bruce Campbell and Greg Marchildon
    Publisher: James Lorimer & Company, CCPA Series
    Date: November 2007
    Paperback: 460 pages
    ISBN: 1552770001
    For more information about the book or to order a copy on-line, visit:

For further information:

For further information: Michael McBane, Canadian Health Coalition,
(613) 277-6295; Kerri-Anne Finn, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives,
(613) 563-1341 x 306

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