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With the attacks on public health care continuing, there’s fresh evidence Medicare benefits all Canadians and needs protection.

A new Statistics Canada study shows that the gap between poor and rich people’s life spans is shrinking and the timeline fits neatly with the introduction of Medicare and other social programs. While the study can’t link the two directly, the results are a clear warning that letting privatization dismantle universal public health care will have serious consequences for Canadian society.

Another study, prepared for the Romanow Commission on the future of public health care, points to some of the same trade concerns CUPE has been raising about Medicare and privatization.