UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE

19.3.14 UNIVERSAL DENTAL CARE

WHEREAS 32 per cent of Canadians have no dental insurance at all, and six million Canadians avoid visiting the dentist every year due to cost;

WHEREAS Poor dental health is linked to serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetic complications, and premature birth;

WHEREAS The omission of dental coverage from our universal health-care system is both a pressing public health concern and a social justice issue;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That through NPF call on the Government of Canada to take the necessary steps to establish a universal dental care program so that all Canadians have access to medically necessary dental care.

Submitted by SSAI AGM 2019

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FOOD LABELLING

19.3.13 FOOD LABELLING

WHEREAS The labels on many of our food products say “Imported for a company in Canada”, this does not tell us where the product actually comes from;

WHEREAS We believe that, as citizens of Canada, we have a right to know the source of our food;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal Government to ensure our foods are clearly marked with the country of origin, e.g. “Product of Japan, Packaged for a company in Canada”.

Submitted by; British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization

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ADDICTION AND OPIOIDS

19.3.12 ADDICTION AND OPIOIDS

WHEREAS There is a drug and opioid crisis in Canada and especially in British Columbia;

WHEREAS This affects all ages, and seniors are an increasing demographic in opioid addiction and overdose;

WHEREAS This is a medical and mental health condition;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to treat the addiction and/or the use of drugs/opioids as a medical condition and not as a criminal act;

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure that there are sufficient medical treatment resources available to treat addiction.

Submitted by; British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization

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MEDICAL CANNABIS

19.3.11 MEDICAL CANNABIS

WHEREAS Cannabis/marijuana is now legal in Canada;

WHEREAS There are many anecdotes of the medical benefits of taking cannabis, such as relieving pain or preventing seizures, though no documented research seems to exist on the types of illnesses or suffering it alleviates or the correct dosage to be taken or in what form (oil/edibles?);

WHEREAS Medical professionals seem to know no more about cannabis and recommended dosages than the average senior, who might in fact benefit from taking cannabis;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation urges the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Governments to encourage more independent research, not cannabis companies who stand to make a profit, and to provide the medical profession more information so that they can properly prescribe cannabis to their patients if they believe it will be helpful – just as they prescribe other drugs.

Submitted by: British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization

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NATIONAL PHARMA CARE

19.3.10 NATIONAL PHARMA CARE

WHEREAS The National Pensioners’ Federation has for many years strongly lobbied for prescription drugs to be included in the Medical Services Program;

WHEREAS The Federal Government has had access to many reports on the positive outcome of a National Pharmacare Program, including reports (from both the Canadian Medical Association and the Parliamentary Budget Officer) that state, while there would be some initial costs for the Federal Government, there would eventually be cost savings to both government and individual Canadians;

WHEREAS Many Canadians (seniors included) who cannot afford the medications prescribed for them and who do not have access to private insurance, end up in hospital and cost the health care system more than if they had been provided with reasonably costed medications in the first place;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners’ Federation strongly urges that the Federal Government ensures that a National Pharmacare Program is in place by the next budget year.

Submitted by: British Columbia Old Age Pensioners’ Organization

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IMPLEMENT NATIONAL PHARMACARE PLAN

19.3.9 IMPLEMENT NATIONAL PHARMACARE PLAN

WHEREAS During the 2015 election campaign the Liberal Party of Canada made campaign promises to implement a National Pharmacare Plan for all Canadians; and

WHEREAS Contrary to calls from Provincial Premiers, Canadian medical professionals, the Parliamentary Budgetary Office and Canadians from coast to coast and their own policy paper(s), the Liberal Party of Canada has yet to begin implementation of that National Pharmacare Plan;

WHEREAS The Canadian federal government regulates the price of patented drugs in Canada, while the prices of generic drugs are set by the provinces and territories.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioner’s Federation (NPF) strongly urge that the Federal Government implement a National Pharmacare Plan and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the NPF actively encourage its members to identify and vote for those candidates in the 2019 federal election who will commit to implementing a single-payer National Pharmacare Plan.

Submitted by British Columbia Federation of Retired Union Members

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PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS’ SECRET KICKBACKS TO PHARMACIES

19.3.8 PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS’ SECRET KICKBACKS TO PHARMACIES

WHEREAS It has been documented via hidden camera investigation and confidential documents obtained by CBC’s The Fifth Estate that Canada’s largest pharmaceutical distributor is profiting from illegal kickbacks on sales of generic drugs in Ontario, which is driving up the cost of drugs across Canada, and

WHEREAS It is critical for Canadian citizens to have affordable access to prescription drugs, and

WHEREAS The Canadian federal government regulates the price of patented drugs in Canada, while the prices of generic drugs are set by the provinces and territories.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) follow up on the letter regarding pharmacy drug sales kickbacks that it sent on March 21, 2019 to the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and the response letter to the NPF from the Strategic Policy Branch Health Canada, to ensure that the federal government continues to work with the provinces and territories as an active member of the pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance (pCPA) to combine the governments’ collective buying power to set the price point for many generic drugs as well as to negotiate lower prices on brand names for all public plans, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the NPF’s message to the federal government should continue to be that the governments should be doing all that they can to prevent pharmacy drug sales kickbacks.

Submitted by British Columbia Federation of Retired Union Members

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UNIVERSAL PUBLIC DENTAL CARE

19.3.7 UNIVERSAL PUBLIC DENTAL CARE

WHEREAS 32 percent of Canadians have no dental insurance, and six million Canadians avoid visiting the dentist every year due to cost; and

WHEREAS Poor dental health is linked to health conditions including cardiovascular disease, dementia, diabetic complications and premature birth; and WHEREAS The omission of dental coverage from our universal healthcare system is both a pressing public health concern and a social justice issue;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioner’s Federation (NPF) call upon the Government of Canada to take the necessary steps to establish a universal public dental care program so that all Canadians have access to medically necessary dental care; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED That the NPF work with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Congress of Union Retirees of Canada (CURC), the National Pensioners Federation (NPF) and other allies to have them lobby the Government of Canada to establish a universal public dental plan.

Submitted by British Columbia Federation of Retired Union Members

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DENTAL CARE

19.3.6 DENTAL CARE

WHEREAS Healthy teeth are a key component of the overall health and well-being of Canadians; and

WHEREAS Dental procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals and others are very expensive and out of the reach of lower income people, seniors, and those not insured by private insurance plans.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the National Pensioners Federation call upon the Federal Government to initiate discussions with the dental profession and others to establish a Dental program modeled after Medicare.

Submitted by Unifor Local 222 Retired Workers Chapter

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FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR SENIORS/ NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY

19.3.5 FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR SENIORS/ NATIONAL SENIORS STRATEGY

WHEREAS The proportion of seniors 55 years and older in the Canadian population is increasing fast and the number of seniors is expected to double by 2036;

WHEREAS Canadian seniors’ need for equitable access to health, housing, income supports programs and services are increasing correspondingly;

WHEREAS Current seniors access to programs and services and standards of care vary significantly among provinces and territories and many seniors are struggling;

WHEREAS Only the federal government is able to ensure that all seniors in Canada enjoy a quality of life consistent across all provinces and territories and at least comparable with that of seniors in other developed countries;

WHEREAS The federal government currently has no coherent strategy or plan to ensure national standards are in place for seniors’ services and care across all provinces and territories that protect the human rights of all seniors in Canada;

WHEREAS There is no federal Ministry for Seniors with dedicated financial and human resources to undertake national planning, develop national standards for and coordinate federal programs and services for seniors, conduct research on gaps and needs, monitor progress, consult with seniors and guarantee transparency and accountability for all actions to Canadian seniors;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That NPF request that the federal government immediately create a Canadian Seniors Strategy that will: 1) establish national standards of care for seniors wherever they may live in Canada and, 2) create a Ministry for Seniors with dedicated resources for planning, coordinating federal programs and services for seniors, conducting research on gaps and needs, monitoring progress, and ensuring transparent and accountable reporting to Canadian seniors in all the Ministry’s activities.

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