Category Archives: Health Care

Rally for Public Dental Insurance; Care and the Welfare State

Smile with Dignity Rally & Lecture on Care and the Welare State |

This week we bring you reports from two recent events in Vancouver: a rally organized by the ‘Smile with Dignity’ campaign for universal public dental insurance, and a lecture at UBC by Professor James Struthers on trends in health care delivery.

On October 29, 2011, organizers and supporters of the Smile with Dignity campaign, an initiative of the Vancouver-based Alliance for People’s Health, rallied at Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office with the message that “the lack of dental coverage in BC is scary.” The Halloween-themed protest included giant teeth costumes, a play, an open mic session and the delivery of a set of demands to the Premier’s office.

In the second part of our show we bring you excerpts from Prof. James Struthers’ November 21 lecture at UBC entitled “Care and the Welfare State: Past Patterns, Future Prospects.” Prof. Struthers’ details the meaning of ‘care’ in a disintegrating welfare state, and the impact of health care privatization for patients and their families.

Social and Structural Determinants of Health: A Global Perspective

Social and Structural Determinants of Health: A Global Perspective

A further discussion of the social and structural determinants of health.  In two presentations recorded at the International League of People’s Struggles Fourth International Assembly Martha Roberts from the Alliance for People’s Health and Delen de la Paz from Health Action for Human Rights expose the inadequacy of the World Health Organization’s interpretation of a social determinants of health approach and argue that we need to look to socialist models of health care such as in Cuba and post-revolution China for a guide to creating a truly people centred health care system.

This is the second and final ‘report back’ show on Martha and Aiyanas’s 2011 solidarity trip to the Philippines.  You can read more about our trip at our blog This Tiny Globe.  You can also read more of Martha’s analysis of the social and structural determinants of health on the blog.

Health and Human Rights in the Philippines


What’s the state of health and human rights in the Philippines today?

We revisit the story of the Morong 43, a group of 43 community health workers detained by the Philippine Government from February to December of 2010.  What have been the impacts of the detainment and ongoing military harassment on the health workers, their families and communities?


Interview with Aiyanas Ormond – People’s Health Radio co-host and local organizer who is currently in the Philippines with his partner and children on a solidarity mission.  More information about their trip can be found at

Interview with Merry Mia-Clamor, one of the 43 health workers detained by the Philppine government.

and audio from a talk in Vancouver by Dr. Julie Caguiat, spokesperson of the Free the 43 Health Workers! Alliance.

Music by Victor Noriega, Aki Merced/Renato Reyes/Karl Ramirez, Amadou, James Caraang (Feat. Margie Banda and Sol Diana), Black Uhuru

A sad statement on access to health care in the United States

I found this story in the news a few days ago.  A man in Gaston County, North Carolina, saw no other option to obtain health care services but to go to jail.  So he decided to rob a bank – of one dollar.  Here’s the newspaper story:

This story is a sad reflection on the lack of even basic medical care for the 30 million Americans without health care insurance coverage.   In my eyes, there was a crime commited in this story – not by James Richard Verone – but by the inhumane health care system that denies him necessary care and pushes him to desperate acts.

Nine Month Blues: A look at women’s reproductive rights in Canada |

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From birth control, to abortion, to access to information and education, what’s happening with sexual health for women in Canada?

We talk to Greg Smith (Executive Director of and Joyce Arthur (Executive Director of the Abortion rights Coalition Of Canada – about the lay of the land for women’s reproductive rights in Canada.  We also include audio from the audio documentary “The Women Are Coming” about the Abortion Caravan to fight for women’s right too access free and legal abortion.

Music by Peggy Seeger, the Gruff, Ani Difranco, the Great Lake Swimmers and Nellie McKay.

The title of this podcast is borrowed from the Peggy Seeger song “9 Month Blues”.

Health Care for Sale? The Health Impacts of Privatization |

Health Care for Sale? The Health Impacts of Privatization |

Just how public is our public health care system? We look at the trend of increasing health care privatization in Canada and BC, and the health impacts on patients and health care workers.


Roundtable with Vancouver-based Alliance for People’s Health on the community health impacts of health care privatization in Canada

Feature interview with union organizer Jen on Bill 29 and the privatization of health care in BC

Feature interview with Colleen Fuller on the mechanisms of health care privatization in BC

With music by Mountain Man, Cuff the Duke, and K’naan

Dr. Julian Tudor Hart: A Socialist Life |

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Julian Tudor Hart is a retired family doctor, now working occasionally as a research Fellow at the new Medical School in Swansea, Wales. He is otherwise occupied in writing and lecturing about health policy research in primary care, and the social functions of health care. Through a long life, his unifying
theme has been application of Marxist philosophy to primary health care.  For more information about Dr. Hart and his amazing body of work, visit

People’s Health Radio spoke to Dr. Hart about his life as a socialist general practitioner, and the values we need to assert for a more just and humane world.

Music by Gil Scott Heron, the Peggy Lee Band, John Friesen, Tim Tweedale, Regina Carter and Nina Simone.