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Democrats in Congress are fighting back against Trump’s plan to privatize elements of the Veterans Administration

Democrats in Congress are fighting back against Trump’s plan to privatize elements of the Veterans Administration. “Democrats now in charge in the House are resisting. They say proposed rules on when veterans could go outside VA are too lenient and would damage the government system — a long-held fear of Democrats who worry that union jobs will be siphoned off and the government system dismantled. (…) Democrats and some veterans groups have accused Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie of leaving them out of planning. ‘They profess to be against privatization,’ said Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), who ascended to chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee in January, ‘but by default, we will see privatization happen under our very noses.’ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has raised alarms for months that the policy lacks a ‘sustainable funding source.’”

“The Ford government is ramming through their mega-bureaucracy health privatization bill"

Andrea Horwath, the Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition, says “the Ford government is ramming through their mega-bureaucracy health privatization bill, while limiting public consultations and ignoring 19,413 pages of public submissions. In a democracy, people deserve to be consulted and have their concerns heard.” On April 30 there will be a rally to protect public healthcare hosted by the Ontario Health Coalition.

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Public good or private wealth?

The core topic of this year’s Oxfam report ‘Public Good or Private Wealth’ is the relationship between public services and economic and gender inequality. It shows the growing gap between rich and poor is undermining the fight against poverty, damaging our economies and fuelling public anger across the globe. It reveals how governments are exacerbating inequality by underfunding public services, such as healthcare and education, on the one hand, while under taxing corporations and the wealthy, and failing to clamp down on tax dodging, on the other. It also finds that women and girls are hardest hit by rising economic inequality.

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Private Clinics and the Threat to Public Medicare in Canada. Results of Surveys with Private Clinics and Patients

The Ontario Health Coalition has released a report on private healthcare clinics and how they are a threat to Canada's public Medicare system. “The report calls on federal and provincial governments to recommit themselves to the Canada Health Act, to stop illegal health fees for patients and to impose penalties on provinces that don't protect their residents. The report also calls for provincial governments to put a halt on the privatization of public and non-profit hospital services, increase hospital capacity and increase health funding. The report also recommends that governments at all levels must protect public health care from international trade agreements through a general carve out for all healthcare services. Private for-profit clinics are cutting a second tier into Canada's public healthcare system, a representative with a provincial healthcare watchdog group says. And, in many cases, what they’re doing is illegal, said Peter Boyle, a volunteer with the Ontario Health Coalition.” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says “these private clinics should not be profiting off the sick and elderly. It's outrageous and unethical, and that's why we will continue to fight against privatization in all its forms.

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A cost and performance comparison of Public Private Partnership and public hospitals in Spain

Health Economics Review has published a research paper comparing hospitals administered by public vs. “public private partnerships” (PPPs) models. “In summary, regarding the performance and efficiency analysis, it is seen that the PPP group obtains good results, above the average for those directly managed, but not better in every case. Therefore, the results are not conclusive enough to clearly opt for one model of management; in both cases strengths and weaknesses were identified.”

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Victory for public healthcare

Public service unions have won the battle to keep five New South Wales hospitals from being privatized thanks to the tireless efforts of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association, Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation of NSW, the Health Services Union NSW and local residents of Shellharbour, Maitland, Bowral, Wyong & Goulburn. The Power of the people kept NSW In A Healthy State!