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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.

Source: Twitter

The impacts of austerity on health

Austerity is a policy used by governments to save money, either as an overall reduction in government spending as a percentage of GPD, or specific reductions in government spending. However it is defined, austerity causes specific losses to specific people.

Source: PSI

25 Years After Apartheid: Health Inequities Persist in South Africa

Although South Africa’s health system has undergone many positive changes in the last 25 years, social inequalities in health are widening across social groups and races. 50 million South Africans access the under-funded public health system while just over 8 million have access to well-resourced private care that is steeped in corruption.

Source: PSI

Korea: KHMU Campaigns Against For-Profit Hospitals

The Korean Health and Medical Union (KHMU) will organise a series of campaigns this year to defend the right to quality public healthcare and for workers’ rights in the sector. At its 21st anniversary ceremony and regular congress which took place on 27-28 February, the union decided to include all-out mobilisation against the expansion of for-profit hospitals and against precarious work.

Source: PSI

India federal budget pushes private insurance in health

Every year, around 55 million Indians are pushed into poverty due to catastrophic healthcare expenditures. And this is only one of the symptoms of a broken system that is also entrenched in ethical issues over inappropriate treatment in private facilities, overcrowded and underfunded public facilities and deteriorating work conditions.

Source: PSI

“The Great NHS Heist”

NHS GP Dr. Bob Gill, producer of the film “The Great NHS Heist” warns of a coming deadline in May when doctors will have to sign up to an American-like “network” privatization scheme. “It’s an attempt to grab the patient list and everything that goes with it.”

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Lubowa hospital: Uganda should learn from the Lesotho experience

Salima Namusobya, executive director of the Initiative for Social and Economic Rights (ISER), says Uganda should learn from the Lesotho experience before implementing the public private partnership (PPP) for the International Specialised Hospital of Uganda (ISHU) at Lubowa. “It is, therefore, very likely that the government will spend taxpayers’ money on debt repayment for a hospital that will serve a small number of people, yet the Shs1.3 trillion shillings would go a long way in improving the public healthcare system in the country. The money could, for example, also go towards improving the Uganda Cancer and Heart Institutes at the Mulago National Referral Hospital. It is not too late for Uganda to learn from the Lesotho experience and drop this PPP that is coming at a very high cost to the public.”

Source: Daily Monitor

The Ontario Federation of Labour has launched a Power of Many campaign

The Ontario Federation of Labour has launched a Power of Many campaign of resistance to the Ontario government’s pro-business agenda of cuts and privatization. “‘Ford’s cuts hurt all of us from schoolchildren to seniors,’ said OFL Executive Vice-President Ahmad Gaied. ‘Ontario has come together to say this: we will fight for public services, for decent work, for equality and justice, as well as safe and healthy workplaces and communities.’ PC government cuts and privatizations have weakened and removed workplace and environmental protections, cancelled important programs, instituted a hiring freeze in the public service, cut funding to key public services like education and social service supports, and moved toward merging, closing, and privatizing health care delivery services.”

Source: www.globenewswire.com

The European Court of Justice has set back efforts to privatize ambulance services

The European Court of Justice has set back efforts to privatize ambulance services. “In Germany, state and local governments are responsible for organizing the emergency services. In many cases, they appoint non-profit organizations such as the Red Cross or the Maltese Relief Service to bring emergency patients to the hospital. Often these contracts are awarded without Europe-wide tenders.” The ECJ upheld this practice, which was being challenged by the private, for-profit Falck group of companies from Denmark. In the United States, privatization of public ambulance services has created serious problems.

Source: DIE WELT