Heather Smith

EXTENDING MEDICARE’S REACH

Heather Smith has served as president of the United Nurses of Alberta since 1988. But she became active in Friends of Medicare five years before that and participated in the campaign against extra-billing, and then the campaigns against Bill 11 and Ralph Klein’s “Third Way” campaign. She advocates strengthening the principle of prepaid and publicly delivered medicare, with long-term care in particular to be viewed as a state obligation under medicare. 

Keywords: United Nurses of Alberta – President – Friends of Medicare – Canada Health Act – Rainbow Commission – Ralph Klein – privatization – Hotel d’Health – Bill 11 – insurance companies – regionalization – long-term care – Boychuk Report – Dennis Modry – Alberta Hospital – unholy alliance of termites

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