An open letter to the Alberta provincial government 

Healthcare For All 

Hon. Jason Kenney

Premier of Alberta

307 Legislature Building

10800 - 97 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

 

Hon. Tyler Shandro

Minister of Health

423 Legislature Building

10800 - 97 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

 

Re: Alberta Health Care for All

 

April 14, 2020

 

Dear Premier Kenny and Minister Shandro:

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a global public health emergency requiring the public to stay home in order to slow the possibility of transmission of the virus.

 

While Albertans are bracing for even more new confirmed Covid cases, we continue working together to beat this pandemic by following Alberta Health expertise. But there are still many residents without immigration status who are not covered for basic health care services.

 

These uninsured individuals include newly-landed permanent residents, temporary foreign workers who have lost status and work permits, and international students who are now in limbo. When people lose status and work permits, they cannot access free healthcare. This becomes a huge concern in the fight to defeat the spread of the virus because of these migrants’ fear of deportation if they try to access health services. Calgary family physician Dr. Jillian Ratti said “To deny healthcare to migrants is to cruelly devalue their lives during this unprecedented threat to human health and also to put the lives of other Canadians at risk. We believe that everyone, regardless of their immigration status, must have free access to health care in Alberta.

 

Consistent with the Provinces of Quebec, Ontario and BC, we urge the Government of Alberta to protect all Albertans by considering the following:

 

1) Free health care coverage for everyone regardless of status, which includes COVID assessment, care, and treatment.

 

2) All clinics, hospitals, and COVID assessment centres have a clear policy that all will be treated regardless of status without the barriers of registration fees and billing fees.

 

3) Create a general policy that includes removing barriers such as registration fees and bills, having a step-by-step process and a clear and explicit public messaging campaign in the access to health services that NO ONE is left behind.

 

Sincerely,

 

1. Dr. Jillian Ratti, Family Physician, Calgary

2. Dr. Mukararram Ali Zaidi, Family Physician, Calgary

3. Dr. Tehseen Ladha, MD, MPH, FRCPC, Pediatrics, Edmonton

4. Dr. Vera Caine PhD, RN, Nursing, Edmonton

5. Dr. Bukola Salami PhD, RN, Nursing, Edmonton

6. Dr. Shannon Scott, PhD, RN, Nursing, Edmonton

7. Jessica Salkeld, Emergency Medical Responder, Calgary

8. Dr. Ginetta Salvalaggio Md MSc CCFP, Family Physician, Edmonton

9. Prof. Vicki Strang, Nursing, Edmonton

10. Mariel Rodriguez Bellizia MSc, Neuroscientist, Lethbridge

11. Joud Nour Eddin MPH, Public Health Practitioner, Edmonton

12. Catherine Deschenes MD Candidate, 2021, Medicine, Edmonton

13. Mergim Binakaj MD Candidate, 2021, Medicine, Edmonton

14. Dr. Linda McConnan RN (retired), MN, Nursing, Edmonton

15. Eleanor Vicente LPN, Nursing, Edmonton

16. Prof. Keith King, BScN, MPH, RN, CPSO, Nursing, Edmonton

17. Jhong dela Cruz RPN, RN BScN, Nursing, Red Deer

18. Ameeta Singh Clinical Professor of Infectious Diseases, Edmonton

19. Maheer Khan MD Candidate 2021, Medicine, Edmonton

20. Dr. David Swann MD, Medicine, Calgary

21. Nellie Alcaraz, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Calgary

22. Dr. Kathrin Enstas, Gynaecologist, Calgary

23. Jessica Vergata, Addiction and Mental Health, Calgary

24. Cynthia Palmaria MRT, Radiation Therapist, Edmonton

25. Sofia Soriano, Dental Assistant

26. Benjamin, Healthcare Aid, Edmonton

27. Anna Waller, Manager Dental Services, Calgary

28. Dr. Mohammed Ali, General Practitioner, Calgary

29. Kristine Umnas LPN, Nursing, Edmonton

30. Dr. Andrew Estefan PhD, RPN, Psychiatric Nursing, Calgary

31. Dominique Denis-Lalonde BN RN, Nursing, Calgary

32. Genevieve Currie, Public Health Nurse, Calgary

33. Dr. Sonya Jakubec, PhD, RN Professor (Community Mental Health), Calgary

34. Alyse Andrews, RN, Nursing, Calgary

35. Dr. Aliyah Dosani Professor, School of Nursing and midwifery, Calgary

36. Sergio Campus, Primary care paramedic, Calgary

37. Heather MacLean, Nursing, Calgary

38. Jacqueline Noga, Public Health, Edmonton

39. Dr. Maggie Quance, Nursing, Calgary

40. Dr. Andrea Kennedy, RN PhD, Professor Nursing, Calgary

41. Dr. Carla Ginn PhD RN, Nursing, Calgary

42. Dr. Tracy L. Powell MN, PhD(c) Associate, Professor Nursing, Calgary

43. Reanne Booker, MN BScN NP Oncology and palliative care nurse practitioner, Calgary

44. Sandra Gordon Associate Professor, Gerontological Nursing, Calgary

45. Dr. Aniela dela Cruz, Nursing, Calgary

46. Sydney Farkas RN MN CON(c), Nursing, Calgary

47. Dr. Olive Fast Associate Professor, Nursing, Calgary

48. Dr. Liza Lorenzetti PhD, Social Work, Calgary

49. Venus Velasco RN, Nursing, Calgary

50. Sandra Azocar Executive Director - Friends of Medicare, Edmonton

51. Manaoag Razote LPN, Nursing, Calgary

52. Faith Antona RN, Nursing, Calgary

53. Dr. Christine Gibson MD FCFP MMedEd, Family Physician, Calgary

54. Dr. GreggbTrueman PhD NP, Nurse Practitioner/Professor, Calgary

55. Gary Trueman-Klein, Social Worker, Calgary

56. Dr. Adele Duimering, Oncology, Edmonton

57. Jake Velasco RN, Nursing, Red Deer

58. Lorelyn Jerusalem RSW, Social Worker, Calgary

59. Aubrey Dela Cruz, Administrative Support, Red Deer

60. Michelle Frith BScN, Nursing, Red Deer

61. Richel Dela Cruz, Nursing, Red Deer

62. Divina dela Cruz, Medical Lab Assistant, Red Deer

63. Charyna Pico RN, Nursing, Red Deer

64. Mercy Espiritu McEachern RN, Nursing, Red Deer

65. Jacqueline Labios, Nursing, Lacombe

66. Rachelle Pacibe, Nursing, Red Deer

67. Vicente Martin Gatan RN MCD, Palliative Home Care, Calgary

68. Jean Gatan RN, Oncology, Calgary

69. Hamilet D. Dampulay BSW, Social Worker, Calgary

70. Ivonnie Abes RN, Nursing, Calgary

71. Dr. Helen Qian, Family Medicine, Calgary

72. Laila Bellony, Crisis Worker, Edmonton

73. Daniel Grover, RN, BN, BSc., Nursing, Calgary

74. Patty Wilson, Nurse Practitioner, Calgary

75. Oline Okholm, Physiotherapy, Edmonton

76. Daisy Webster, Nursing, Red Deer

77. Dr. Meera Grover, Family Medicine, Calgary

78. Heather Bensler RN MSN Director of International and Global Health, Calgary

79. Erin Jewell RN, Nursing, Calgary

80. Andrea Villareal, Nursing, Red Deer

81. Melanie Murdoch RN PICU, Nursing, Calgary

82. Dr. Giselle Devetten, Physician, Calgary

83. Dr. Michael Aucoin, Family Doctor, Calgary

84. Dr. Jean Mateo, Family Doctor, Calgary

85. Dr. Andrea Hull, Family Doctor, Calgary

86. Maria Chriselda Billete, HCA, Calgary

87. Dr. Suzanne Walsh, Family Physician, Calgary

89. Michelle Webb RN, Nursing, Calgary

90. Mandy Karr, Nurse Practitioner, Calgary

91. Reanna Teske, RN, Mental Health Outreach, Calgary

92. Krizia Carlos RN, Nursing, Calgary

93. Amanda Brophy, Nursing, Edmonton

94. Angela Franck, Nursing, Edmonton

95. Ibrahim AlMasri MD, MSC Candidate 2021 Medicine, Calgary

96. Heather Deans, Nurse Practitioner, Calgary

97. Crystal Johanson RN, Nursing, Calgary

98. Caitlin Brook RN, Nursing, Calgary

99. Cherri Lowhorn, Social Worker, Calgary

100. Amanda Loates RN, Nursing, Calgary

101. Ravneet Turna RN, Nursing, Red Deer

102. Christina Chavez, Nursing, Calgary

103, Emilisa Guanzo RN, Nursing, Calgary

104. Kathleen Charlong RN, Obstetrics, Calgary

105. Rodelyn Manuba RN, Nursing, Calgary

106. Eileen Castillo RN, Nursing, Calgary

107. Jannette Maddela LPN, Nursing, Calgary

108. Nancy Burton LPN, Nursing, Calgary

109. Keneline Villar RN, Nursing, Calgary

110. Chrisel Pacis RN, Nursing, Calgary

112. Stephanie Ovens, Social Worker, Calgary

113. Kulwinder Datewas LPN, Nursing, Calgary

114. Paul Cunanan LPN, Nursing, Calgary

115. Sarah Galbraith OW, Harm Reduction, Calgary

116. Shaneeza Sinclair BScN, RN, Nursing, Red Deer

117. Dulce Andal LPN, Nursing, Red Deer

118. Eric Howey MSW, RSW, Social Worker, Cochrane

119. Rowenamer Lapidante RN, Nursing, Red Deer

120. Dr. David Klassen Public Health & Preventive Medicine + Family Medicine, Calgary

121. Sarah Jobe, Social worker, Calgary

122. Dr. Ilyan Ferrer PhD, Assistant professor, Calgary

123. Konrad Chan RPh. Pharmacist, Calgary

124. Dr. Denise L. Spitzer, Professor, School of Public Health

125. Rachel Johnson RN, Nursing, Edmonton

126. Ganna Zakharova, Social Work, Calgary

127. Janine Hubert, RN, Nursing, Calgary

128. Yessy Byl, Retired, Edmonton

129. Merryn Edwards, Union Representative, Edmonton

130. Melvee X, Artist, Calgary

131. Jay Zapata, Community Organizer, Calgary

132. Astrid Velasquez, Manager-Immigration and Settlement, Edmonton

133. John Wodak, Retired, Sherwood Park

134. Robert Wilde, Co-Chair Edmonton Chapter, Council of Canadians, Edmonton

135. Cynthia June Lazarenko, Retired, Edmonton

136. Jacqueline Aquines, Consultant, Calgary

137. Emelie Balagot, Cook, Calgary

138. Lito, Media, Edmonton

139. Barhet Woldemariam, Director of Programs and Services, Edmonton

140. Dr. Anna (Anne) Gagnon, Retired Historian, Beaumont

141. Faraz Bawa, Immigration Lawyer, Calgary

142. Renee Vaugeois, Human Rights, Edmonton

143. Dr. Jemma Li, Medicine, Calgary

144. Don Bouzek, Digital Media Producer, Edmonton

145. Adebayo Katiiti, Founder /Executive Director Raricanow , Edmonton

146. Sonia Aujla-Bhullar, PhD Candidate, Educator, Calgary

147. Danilo De Leon, TFW, Edmonton

148. Cathy Wintle, Edmonton

149. Carolyn Grogan, Lawyer, Edmonton

150. Dr. Melchor Ace Casiano, Chiropractor, Edmonton

151. Phuong Phan, Radiation Therapist, Edmonton

152. Allison Prime, Social Worker, Calgary

153. Elizabeth Van Den Kerkhof, Nursing, Calgary

154. Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins, Anti-racism researcher, Edmonton

155. Qianyun Wang, Social Worker, Calgary

156. Cindy Wilde, Teacher, Cochrane

157. Maria Aurora Gan, TIES Instructor, Calgary

158. Dr. Stasha Huntingford, Care, Calgary

159. Dianne Schwab RN, Retired, Calgary

160. Emma Jackson, Community Organizer, Edmonton 

161. Dr Jazmin Marlinga, Family Physician, Calgary

162. Brisa Gonzalez, Post Secondary Student, Calgary

163. Felicitas Garcia, Healthcare Aide, Edmonton

164. Novie, Sambat, Settlement Counsellor, Edmonton

165. Tim J Penton, Labour Rep, Edmonton

166. David Truscott, Journalist , Fort Saskatchewan 

167. Shafir Walji, Youth Work, Sherwood Park

168. Dago Correa, Retired, Calgary

169. Donna Coombs-Montrose, Archivist, Retired, Edmonton

170. Joel Tamana Disu CRW2, Caregiver, Fort Saskatchewan

171. Bill Cook, Retired, Sherwood Park

172. Greg Mady, President, Edmonton & District Labour Council, Edmonton

173. Kate Jacobson, Union Organizer, Calgary

174. Anne Packer, Edmonton

175. Yvonne Schmitz, Social Worker, Calgary

176. Sandra, Technologist, Edmonton

177. Dr. Sue Reid, Physician, Edmonton

178. Veronica Chirino, Masters in Social Work Student, Calgary

179. Greyson Mannella, Student, Calgary

180. Leah Van Loon, Creative Director, Calgary

181. Tylar LeBlanc, Primary Care Paramedic, Edmonton

182. Michael Maher, Flight Attendant Calgary

183. Wendy Joudrey, Retired, Red Deer

184. Leanne Wong, Social Worker in Training, Calgary

185. Vanesa Ortiz, Teacher, Cochrane

186. Dayna Sherstobitoff, Calgary

187. Tyler L Ogilvie, Consultant, Calgary

188. Kevan Hunter, Teacher, Calgary

189. Jessica McCarrel, Cafe Owner, Calgary

190. Dr. Leonor Rodríguez, Education Coordinator, Calgary

191. Sheryle Carlson, Unemployed, Edmonton

192. Jolo Bitancor, Student, Edmonton

193. Mav Adecer, Freelancer, Edmonton

194. Erin Kelly, Community Engagement, Edmomton

195. Linda Mary McFarlane, Retired Social Worker, Calgary

196. Nova Porquia, HCA, Red Deer

197. Peggy Morton, Reitired Heathcare worker, Edmonton

198. Sarah Wood, Social Worker, Okotoks

199. Lyla Luciano, Student, Edmonton

200. Dr. Mary Valentich, Professor Emerita, Calgary

201. Cesar Cala, Community development practitioner, Calgary

202. Karol Cheetham, Clinical Researcher, Calgary

203. Edwin Chavez, Community Worker, Calgary

204. Marian Donly MSW, Unemployed: Gerontology, Calgary

205. MJ Gariano, Director, Disability - Group Home, Edmonton

206. Lisa McKay, Social Worker, Calgary

207. Olive Thorne, Retired, Edmonton

208. Baldwin P. Reichwein, Retired Edmonton

209. Caroline Maloney, Retired Teacher, Drumheller

210. Deborah Dean, Retired, Calgary

211. Cathy Wintle, Retired, Edmonton

212. Dr. Al Kalantar, Retired, Edmonton

213. Dr. Don Mayne, Retired, Edmonton

214. Albert Rotea, Student, Edmonton

215. Brad Jones, Mc Donalds Crew, Edmonton

216. Tia Kane, Student, Calgary

217. Joanne Peterson, Music Teacher, Stony Plain

218. Gwen Potts, Retired, Edmonton

219. Ranya El-Sharkawi, Student, Edmonton

220. Jim Saltvold, Engineer Retired, Red Deer

221. Michelle Anderson, BSc, MD Candidate 2021, Edmonton

222. Cindy Jiaxin Xue, MD Candidate 2021, Edmonton

223. Preksha, Student, Edmonton

224. Clarizze Truscott, Business Owner, Fort Saskatchewan

225. Dr. Lucenia Ortiz, Planner, Edmonton

226. Carroll Christoffersen, Library Technician, Highriver

227. Colin Chubachi, Communications, Calgary

228. Nichola Hildebrand, Support services for individuals with disabilities, Edmonton

229. Rebecca Dextraze, Student, Student, Edmonton

230. Ruby Grove, Self Employed, Fort Saskatechewan

231. Nicole Uhlick, Nursing, Edmonton

232. Heather Walker, Retired, Calgary

233. Graham Strauss, Children and Youth Settlement Services, Edmonton

234. Taryn Haluza-Delay, Student, Edmonton

235. Derek Horneland, Teacher, Edmonton

236. Chris Murphy, Business Analyst, Edmonton

237. Dane Woychuk, Disability Rights Advocate, Willington

238. Michelle Belanger RN, GNC(c), Nursing - Specialized Geriatrics, Edmonton

239. Petra Schulz, Instructor, Edmonton

240. Westley Johanson, Computer Systems Analyst, Calgary

241. Rebecca Labrande, SAHM, Calgary

242. Colette  Lebeuf, Retired, Edmonton

243. Matthew Miller, Non-profit, Calgary

244. Eylem Sesen, Student, Calgary

245. Prof. Laurie Adkin, Social Scientist, University of Alberta, Edmonton

246. Rosali Chavez, Unemployed, Calgary

247. Dr Rebecca McCourt, Resident Madicine, Edmonton

248. Carla Hilario PhD RN, Nursing, Edmonton

249. Pallavi Mehan, Social Worker, Edmonton

250. Yanit Terefe, Registered Nurse, Edmonton

251. Adora Nwofor, Anti Racism Educator, Edmonton

252. Susan, Communications Coordinator, Edmonton

253. Joanne McHugh, Teacher/Councellor, Edmonton

254. Batul Gulamhusein, Student, Edmonton

255. Gerry Morita, Director, Edmonton

256. Doreen Upshaw, Career Coach , Calgary

257. Sergio Olivares, Media Professional, Edmonton

258. Jennifer Solem, Calgary

259. Maria Amor Bonaobra, Counter Attendant, Edmonton

260. Rector Bonaobra, Electrician, Edmonton

261. Megan lukasewich Policy, Edmonton

262. Sadaf Ekhlas, Public health practicioner/MPH Candidate 2020, Edmonton

263. Alexandre Da Costa, Professor, Edmonton

264. Michelle Robinson, Community Organizer, Calgary

265. Dr. Michael Truscello, Professor, Cochrane

266. Brynn Kosteniuk, MSc. Candidate, Edmonton

267. Deanna Neri, Student, Edmonton

268. Pritpal Singh, Lab Assistant U of A Hospital

269. Charlene Ball, Intercultural & Inclusion Consultant, Edmonton

270. Ricah Bitancor, ECE, Red Deer

271. Lowell Bitancor, Engineer, Red Deer

272. Adel Miranda, Red Deer

273. Rob Long, Social Worker, Edmonton

275. Alison, Lawyer, Edmonton

276. Cherie Island, Health Research - Administration, Edmonton

277. Luisa Franco Rivera, Calgary

278. Johanna Molina, Admin, Edmonton

279. Audrina Lim, Project Manager, Calgary

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