Media Reminder: In Recognition of Medicare Fifty Years of Well-Being

For Immediate Release – July 20, 2012

Moose Jaw – SEIU-West members invite the general public to attend the Moose Jaw barbeque being held in honour of the 50th Anniversary of the Birth of Medicare in Saskatchewan.

Join your neighbours in Moose Jaw in Happy Valley Park on July 22, 2012 from 1 pm to 5 pm. The cost is $1 for a hot dog and a drink.

“So far at the previous barbeques, there has been a good turn out and we hope that we’ll have even more success with ours,” said Neil Colmin, SEIU-West Executive Board Member. “We want everyone to come and celebrate this Saskatchewan Legacy.  Join us and share your stories and experiences with our members of our community”.

Publicly funded, publicly administered and publicly delivered healthcare was a dream of the Saskatchewan citizens over 50 years ago. This dream was realized on July 1, 1962,” said Shelly Banks, Vice-President of SEIU-West. “Who knew then that Medicare would become such a major part of the Canadian identity?”

After Saskatchewan broke ground with the introduction of Medicare, and with the support of the Federal government, other provinces followed suit and launched their own publicly funded healthcare systems. Canada’s healthcare system soon became the envy of the world.

“It has taken the United States 50 years to recognize the value of what we have here in Canada,” continued Banks. “Clearly they are now beginning to understand that basic healthcare isn’t a business. It is a right that all Canadians enjoy and one founded upon our collective commitment to build a better society”.

Studies confirm that public healthcare systems are far more affordable than private-for-profit models, with a real emphasis in public sector upon the continued measure of quality assurance.

“We think it’s important that our union and our members demonstrate our collective value of our public health care system.  Our message is to keep health care public and ensure it accessible to every man, woman and child, regardless of their ability to pay,” said Neil Colmin, SEIU-West member. “My Saskatchewan includes healthy and vibrant communities where all residents are able to access the necessary resources to make meaningful contributions on a day to day basis”.

SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand working people in the province of Saskatchewan. They include members who work in healthcare, education, municipalities, community-based organizations, retirement homes and other sectors.

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Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator

Phone: 306.652.1011 ext. 2250

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Media Reminder – In Recognition of Medicare Fifty Years of Well Being Moose Jaw

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