Health

A vote for the Green Party is a vote for a healthy Canada.

Public health

The Green Party is committed to a fully public health care system.

We fully support the Canada Health Act and all of its principles. We oppose any level of privatized, for-profit health care. The five criteria of the CHA guiding the provincial public health insurance plans, which we believe to be non-negotiable, are:

  1. Public Administration: The public health insurance plan must be managed in a public, not-for-profit fashion.
  2. Comprehensiveness: All residents must be covered for “medically necessary” health services.
  3. Universality: All residents must be covered by the public insurance plan on uniform terms and conditions.
  4. Portability: All residents must be covered by their public plan, wherever they are treated in Canada.
  5. Accessibility: All residents must have access to insured health care services on uniform terms and conditions without direct or indirect financial charges, or discrimination based on age, health status or financial circumstances.

More doctors

Canada does not have enough doctors and other health care providers.  We have fewer doctors relative to our population than many developing countries like Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria and Cuba.  In addition, the doctors we have are not well distributed so in some areas, over half the population lacks access to doctors.  We need to train more health professionals and ensure better allocation.

Health promotion

To protect our public health care system from the threat of rapidly rising health care costs, we need to invest in prevention and health promotion to bring health care costs down.

The Green Party has a comprehensive and integrated plan to improve the health of Canadians.  This involves investment in safe and nutritious food, exercise and workplace health promotion.  It involves enshrining the right to clean air and water into our Constitution and then protecting that right with strict standards and consequences for polluters.  It involves making a comprehensive survey of carcinogens and toxins, regulating the worst out of existence and reducing the use of others through regulatory or price mechanisms.

See the full Green Party of Canada policy on health promotion here.

One response to “Health”

  1. Charlie Halpern-Hamu writes:

    A voter asked a question about moves to restrict the sales of natural remedies. This press release, from several years ago, lays out the Green Party of Canada’s position:

    12 May 2008 – 1:39pm

    OTTAWA – The Green Party is calling on Members of Parliament to vote down Bill C-51, a government bill designed to restrict the use and sale of natural health products. Bill C-51 would amend key terminology in the Food and Drugs Act to impose a licensing requirement on natural health products, drastically restricting their legality and availability.

    “Bill C-51 radically alters the Food and Drugs Act in ways that would allow government to control and restrict natural products, including herbs, vitamins and even foods like blueberries,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth May. “Many Canadians are shunning pharmaceuticals in favour of effective natural health foods and products, but Mr. Harper seems bent on helping the pharmaceutical industry stifle competition from natural products.”

    Ms. May said that the Bill expands the federal government’s power to reject natural products, imposes extreme fines on those who violate the proposed new rules and criminalizes natural health practitioners by providing Health Canada with alarming enforcement powers. She added that limiting natural products may force Canadians to turn to pharmaceuticals instead.

    “The text of Bill C-51 is rife with Orwellian doublespeak. It is worded to confuse and is promoted by the Conservatives as legislation designed to protect Canadians’ health. But clearly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper cares only about protecting profits for Big Pharma.”

    Green Party acting Health Promotion critic Jake Cole added that the Bill would prevent parliamentary scrutiny before synchronizing Canadian Food and Drug laws with those of foreign countries. The government could simply introduce new regulations without proposing legislation and seeking parliamentary approval.

    “Mr. Harper is threatening the health of every Canadian with this draconian legislation,” said Mr. Cole. “Those who use natural health products to obtain relief from medical conditions are doomed to suffer. The Green Party opposes any move to force pharmaceuticals on Canadians who prefer natural products.”

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