Petition Tag - medical

1. Make Payment Plans an option for all emergencie vet visits!

My very loved dog just died because we didn't have 3,500 dollars in our bank account. He needed immediate emergency surgery and payment plans where not an option! They told me to pay the money or they are going to euthanize my dog. My dog is dead because we didn't have 3,500 dollars down immediately. I am so depressed and angry. This is wrong! If they have a chance to save someone's beloved pet they need to do it! Justice for my dog and all pets! I am not the only one this has happened to! Make Payment Plans an option for all people that need emergency medical attention for their pets!

2. Legalize Medical Crack

The legalization of crack will help benefit the people of America that are too lazy or just sleep all day and don't accomplish anything. Crack gives you the energy to accomplish your daily tasks plus more. It will help benefit older citizens that have children because they will be able to complete what they need to do and still have the energy to play with their children. It will help with the America's economy. The legalization will also lower the crime rate in America. These are just a few of very many reasons why America needs medical crack.

3. Appeal for the city of Derna

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, expresses concerns over reports of severe shortages of basic necessities, including life saving medical supplies due to the conflict in Derna. This is has a negative impact on people’s health and wellbeing and, if prolonged, would lead to serious humanitarian conditions.

“I urge all parties to consider the safety and the wellbeing of the civilians a top priority and allow for the safe delivery of humanitarian supplies to ensure continued access to basic services, especially health”, said Maria Ribeiro.

The United Nations, through the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is monitoring the situation on the ground and working with all Humanitarian partners to respond to the evolving situation in Derna.

The Humanitarian Coordinator urges all parties to the conflict to respect Humanitarian and Human Rights law to ensure the protection of civilians.

4. GreenWay Wellness Centre and Dispensary Bridgewater, N.S

This MEDICAL Dispensary for people with Doctor approved Cards to obtain the medical drug they need to maintain their status of life.

5. Stop Medical Practitioner Crime & Abuse of Public Office

Janette Francis is a multi generation Australian and resident in South Australia (

In 2006 Janette was given radiology confirmation of her suspicions that she's been surgically raped (in about 1997) referring GP refused to act on that information and stated that the department of health told the doctor not to treat Janette. See this Youtube video

Several other radiologists refused to identify foreign items inside Janette seen in other radiology investigations since 2006. Several GPs refused to order relevant tests to determine the source of the disturbing sparking vibrations from what a person can feel is like lengths of cables under Janette's skin.

In 2007 after Janette told a GP about the (2006) radiology evidence, she was ambushed by several medical doctors inside Ashford private hospital. Janette was then illegally injected with a drug that rendered her unconscious. She regained consciousness to discover she'd been (illegally) transported to Royal Adelaide Hospital, where she was told she'd been detained under the Mental Health Act. Literally for doing and saying nothing out of the ordinary.

Janette was released after 24 hours as not being mentally ill, 24 hours later because SA Health couldn't be bothered to arrange for a psychiatrist to see her sooner. The department of health refused to give Janette any documents about her illegal imprisonment.

Several years later when in the process of trying to address the situation, Janette discovered her state health record says she had threatened to shoot people (with a gun, which was 100% false criminal defamation) and that's why I was (illegally) drugged and imprisoned at Ashford private hospital.

In 2010 Janette lodged associated complaints to the national medical practitioner registrar, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, about the (above) corrupt doctors. AHPRA refused to acknowledge and investigate her complaints.

January 2014 Janette was unlawfully assaulted and battered by several South Australia state public officers, they unlawfully imprisoned (again) falsely her claiming that right under the mental health Act. Janette was illegally held for several weeks, forced to take mind altering drugs, lived under threat of statute authorised barbaric electric shock and forced brain surgery. The government public officers said the reason Janette was imprisoned was because she wrote to South Australia's health Minister Jack Snelling MP, asking him that in light of the unlawful actions of AHPRA staff and corrupt medical doctors, how would he suggest she go about having illegal implants removed.

9 September 2016 after Janette complained to her state housing landlord about a hostile neighbour with a video camera erected at 90 angle from their house down her driveway and at her front door, (specifically to keep me under surveillance) the housing public officer abused their position to breach Janette's privacy and inform the neighbour Janette was taking state housing to court to get an order to disclose the neighbour's name so Janette could prosecute them in civil court over their surveillance camera pointed at Janette's house as a private nuisance and risk to her security.

10 September 2016, (confirming the Public Officer's abuse of position, and presumably to stop Janette from learning his surname) the neighbour committed criminal defamation of Janette by claiming to state health that she had violently threatened them with serious harm. Immediately, state hosing dispatched a mental health team to approach Janette at her urban residence, illegally trespass on her property and criminally assault Janette with threat of a third round of unlawful imprisonment.

12 September 2016 the name disclosure matter went to trial, Janette got the court order forcing state housing to give her the neighbour's name.

12 September 2016 someone (presumably the outraged neighbour) criminally defamed Janette by making an online complaint to Crime Stoppers claiming knowing it was false. They said Janette was growing and disturbing huge amounts of marijuana from her medium density state housing rental. South Australia's police were quick to investigate that only (6) six days later.

22 September 2016 in confidential legal appointment, Janette asked (state) Flinders University Legal Advice Clinic to assist her to formulate a magistrates court application (Neighbourhood Dispute) against the neighbour with the camera. Neighbourhood disputes was one of their advertised free legal advice services. FLAC refused in writing (email) to provide their service as advertised, and abused their position as Public Officers by breaching legal professional privilege, and Janette's privacy, when they posted a letter to the neighbour about the content of their legal advice they gave to Janette, which arguably is another act of criminal defamation.

21 June 2017 giving her name and address, Janette made her own online complaint to Crime Stoppers about the neighbour's camera which is now in breach of s5 Surveillance Devices Act 2016 (SA) Optical Surveillance Devices, and other matters. South Australia's police refused to investigate indicating compliance to yet another criminal conspiracy intended to treat Janette as if she is in prison by keeping her under illegal surveillance at her residence.

By 6 July 2017:
- State and Federal police have refused to investigate any of the above crimes against Janette, despite Australian criminal law that makes the above, serious crimes.

- On the facts, there's an active and ongoing criminal conspiracy amongst registered medical practitioners and government public officers, to conceal Janette's 1997 criminal surgery with health minister Jack Snelling MP as not simply one of many participants, but one of the leading conspirators.

6. Putting an end to the prescription opiate addiction in Texas, by passing medical marijuana laws.

American Academy of Pain Medicine states that, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Most of which is treated with opioid prescriptions. According to the CDC, nearly half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opiate. The Center of Disease Control also found that, in 2015 more than 15,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opiates alone, in same year the number of marijuana deaths put out by the CDC were zero. In fact research did find that opiate-related deaths decreased by around 33 percent in 13 states in the following six years after medical marijuana was legalized. The CDC also warns that overdose is not the only risk related to prescription opiates. Misuse, abuse, and opioid use disorder (addiction) are also potential dangers. In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opiates. As many as 1 in 4 people, who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings, struggles with addiction. Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids, 13 states with medical marijuana use saw approximately 17,000 fewer deaths from prescription opiates. Allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana can help patients get off the dangerous track of opioids. According to an article published by U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, "The entry of cannabinoid medicines to the pharmacopoeia offers a novel approach to the issue of chronic pain management, offering new hope to many" (Russo). Giving another chance for marijuana to be used appropriately and under the direction of a trained physician will help patients all across Texas.

7. Medical Marijuana for North Carolina

Senate Bill 648 would legalize marijuana use for cancer and dozens of other illnesses. It’s not the only such measure introduced this year.
Rep. Kelly Alexander, like Ford a Charlotte Democrat, has introduced HB 185. Charlotte Democrats Becky Carney and Rodney Moore are co-sponsors.

8. Make Medicinal Cannabis Accessible in Pemberton!

On January 31, 2017, the Village of Pemberton will be holding a Public Hearing to consider whether to move forward with Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 809, 2017 to prohibit the operation of medical cannabis dispensaries.

The bylaw amendment is being tabled even though access to medical cannabis is a constitutional right in our country and the Government of Canada is posed to legalize and regulate cannabis this spring. In addition, neighbouring communities including Victoria, Vancouver and Squamish have passed zoning and business license bylaws to allow for medical cannabis dispensaries to operate.

Alternative options to regulate medical cannabis dispensaries are available in the interim. Options include creating zoning and business bylaws that model those passed by other communities or allowing for medical cannabis dispensaries to apply for a Temporary Use Permit (TUP). The Village of Pemberton could also choose to wait to pass bylaws pertaining to operation of medical cannabis dispensaries until regulatory changes at the federal level are in place and clearly understood.

9. Save Our Helipad - Coomba Park

A proposal as been put forward to demolish the Coomba Park Emergency Helipad on the NSW Mid Coast and to construct a Chapel in its place.

The Helipad, while only used several times a year by the Emergency services, is a critical piece of life and property saving community infrastructure, essential to the residents and visitors on and around the south and western shores and hinterland of Wallis Lake.

The Helipad provides a crucial landing area for Medical Helicopters in our remote region and its removal could see seriously ill or injured patients having to travel up to one and a half hours in an Ambulance rather than a 20 minute flight while being monitored by a Doctor.

The Helipad is also used by Rescue and Fire Fighting helicopters in times when bush fires in our rural setting threaten the property and lives of not just those who visit and live here, but also those on the ground who are trying to protect us.

10. Save Medical Cannabis in Washington state

We are a local Medical Marijuana dispensary residing in Bellingham Washington part of Whatcom county. With current law changes in the state small medical marijuana businesses like ourselves are struggling to stay open. With over 1,300 patients relying on our survival through the changes in the state. We are very worried about the well-being of our patients and the future of their medicine.

As a company who from the beginning has charged sales tax on our products while from the beginning being zoned correctly we are confused on why we have not gotten our 502 retail license. We are interested in getting our medical endorsement as well to continue to serve our patients. We are asking to receive our license, we pay our taxes and we have our business license. We have had our business license from the beginning proving we are ahead of the game and deserving of being able to serve our community.

We are here to fight for our patients, over the years of being open we have seen our fair share of success stories in the state. Being one of the leading states on patients rights for medical cannabis access. People from all over the country and even world have settled in to embrace the medicine and its god given potential. Sadly the example we were leading has diminished and unfortunately the states current laws take a decent amount, if not most of patient's rights away. From children with epilepsy going seizure free for extended periods, to multiple patients cancer being abolished.

We know there is something we are doing right to help people find the products needed for their survival. Call us Crazy, but we love to see these types of success stories. It brings joy to our hearts to see a little girl who knows nothing but suffering, 150+ seizure free days and counting. It makes our problems not seem so big when we are able to see a woman clear up tumors on her lungs, or to see a man walk in the door a week later when his leg was suppose to be amputated do to cancer. To even success stories of our own.

If we are forced to do so, we will begin our transformation into a recreational style store, while serving medical patients. We want to stick around to help all aspects of the field and assure that someone around still cares about patient rights. Sign the petition to not only keep us going, but to fight for the rights of patients everywhere.

Cannabis is a natural plant found naturally around the world, it is a right that we have our medicine, not someone's decision sitting behind a desk. It all starts with Grass Roots movements, will you be able to say you were there to see it all blow up? Or will you be there to say damn, if only i would have spoke up?

11. Keep Motacan Compassion Society Open

Motacan Compassion Society located in Aldergrove, BC recently received a letter from Legal counsel for the Township of Langley. They are asking us to close our doors before February 29, 2016, leaving our members without safe, reasonable access to their medication. As a non-profit organization, MCS strives to assist those eligible to safe, reasonable access to their medicinal cannabis products.

We have already built a solid relationship in the community with local businesses, and have had nothing but positive feedback from everybody we have spoken with.

We plan on continuing to provide positive change in the community, and helping any way we can.

12. Petition for Iowa State SIDS Rememberence & Awareness Day - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

My son was born on May 4th, 1983 and he died on July 10th, 1983. He died of SIDS - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. I was a young Mother and Wife and this was my only child. That was 32 years ago, and I never had another child. I missed all the years and memories of him growing up. I still remember and love him always. For all of those who have experienced such a great loss or know someone who has, then I know they can relate.

Back in 1983, my ex-husband and I met with Governor Terry Branstad. He presented me with a certificate and declared that day to be SIDS Day, but somehow it never actually got put on the books.

Let’s create not only a day of Remembrance but also a day of Awareness for this terrible disease. Many young Mothers and Fathers don’t know about this disease and the tips to help to prevent it. The medical profession has made advances in the area of SIDs. They understand it much more than they did at one time and while there is no cure, there are tips on how to help prevent this terrible disease from taking other precious, young lives.

For all those affected, we will not know the love of this child and will always experience that loss in our lives. We should honor all those who have lost their precious babies to this terrible disease and create awareness for others. Awareness, Knowledge and Remembrance should be recognized on this special day.

Please sign the petition for a Declaration of Proclamation Coordination for an Official SIDS day to be set for July 10th of each year, in the state of Iowa.

13. Support Medical and Hemp Marijuana Farming In Akwesasne

Medical use dates back to 2737B.C. and marijuana was illegal since 1937 Legalized medicl use in Canada since 1999 with Health Canada. To date courts have ruled a person has the right to medical and the Supreme Court has ruled and pending decissions are expected.

Akwesasne is a 1st Nation Land that resides in Canada and the United States of America and Mohawks ritualistic tradition believe we have a right to trade in all natural plant substance that predates European colonization.

In the U.S., 23 states and the District of Columbia allow for some legal use of hemp.

Hemp was farmed again in Canada in 1998 and also farmed in many U.S. states. The federal government allows for tribes to grow marijuana today.

Wildrez Trading is located in an international area and petitions to grow and sell marijuana with the support of our people.

14. Decriminalize cannabis in Texas

In Texas we have not even decriminalized cannabis, yet other states have it decriminalized, for medical and recreational use, so anyone can go to those states and buy cannabis and smoke it.

But yet in Texas the state is wasting so much tax payers' money to stop people smoking pot. There are medical patients that could use cannabis for pain treatment here in Texas but they can't.

So please help out and sign this petition!


15. Keep Our Medical Records Private - Do not give access without consent

My medical records were subpoenaed without my knowledge or consent. It was a shock to see the court order in my medical file at the doctors visit. It was an abuse of power that my records were accessed and this can happen to anyone. Your most private details can be accessed without your knowledge, consent or a chance to even fight the request or be informed of the reason they are being subpoenaed in the first place.

This is a violation that is very hard to accept. According to a letter I received from the Legal Services Commission, 20 August 2014, Quote, As explained by the Clinic's Practise manager those records were obtained lawfully by subpoena issued by the court. There is no requirement in such circumstances that the person to whom the records relate consent to or be notified of the subpoena.

Help me stop this violation against us and our most private and personal details.

Please sign my petition so I can seek justice for myself and others who have had their medical details accessed without consent, knowledge or a reason.

16. Stop Ebola Now - Wake Up Australia


The worlds' most volatile disease is a global emergency and is not confined to African nations. This is no joke.

•The Spanish Flu killed 100 million people and had a fatality rate of 2.5%
•This nasty virus kills 25-90% infected and killed 52 humans in 2 days
•Ebola has a 2-21 day incubation period so people are like bombs; unaware they're contagious until it's too late so checking people's temperature at airports is useless
•Every Ebola patient passes the virus onto 2.5 others
•Many affected countries have run out of living doctors to fight the outbreak
•Hospitals and pharmacies closed on Tuesday 12th August as Sierra Leoneans panic
•If this epidemic remains "OUT OF CONTROL" in 2-3 months time 50,000 people will have the worlds' most gruesome virus and in 6 months,


We need to get our government to help those who can't help themselves.
This is an emergency. Liberia and Sierra Leone are some of the world's poorest countries due to war, normally without a crisis people fight for survival. Now their governments have stopped people from leaving their homes for 3-4 weeks WITHOUT GIVING THEM FOOD!! WHERE ARE YOU, MR. ABBOTT? We pay our taxes and are Australian citizens and you're allowing our family to suffer like this during an International Emergency. Keep in mind that there's hundreds of thousands of Africans here.

Sierra Leoneans from Sydney told me this catastrophy is worse than the 10 year "Blood Diamond" war because they said "You could tell where the rebels were and avoided them. With Ebola, a family member or local GP could kill them." That's if they have any relatives left after the brutal war or can afford a GP at all due to the aftermath. Many West African Australians have lost several family members due to Ebola and are worried about their families back home, suffering from stress, fear and high blood pressure. Now family members are going hungry adding to the pressure.

WE MUST STAND UP AND TAKE ACTION and be the voice for those in West Africa.
Our government is silent, sitting idle while Australian citizens' family members are dying. Let's be honest, if their relatives were English, our government would support them fully. I am disappointed in our government for displaying racism in this manner. Instead, we're searching for dead body parts of Australians from plane crashes and diverting attention away from the fact that this plague like virus is killing innocent people and it's an insult to remain silent. How dare we make other Australians feel like second class citizens- shame on us! How dare we discriminate. Inaction speaks louder than words. These people have gone through unfathomable situations and what, because they have African roots we brush our hands? Ebola is in Australia- scientists are studying it here but where are we helping the innocent people isolated in West Africa in the midst of this!!!!

We seem to be very focused on ourselves. The Chinese government gave medical supplies, the US and UK did too. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!! Please send emergency food drops to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. These are INNOCENT PEOPLE and IF OUR AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING, BLOOD IS OR THEIR HANDS!

With your signature, we will save the lives of MANY WITHOUT A VOICE.

17. Heal the Future - No Confidence in Queensland's Health Minister

The draconian contracts being forced on Queensland's Medical Professionals is an attack on civil rights. With Mr Springborg applying the most deceptive of politics and calling the Medical Profession "like the worst of wharfies", the people of Queensland and the wider Australian community have no confidence that the future can be anything but adversarial.

This is a litmus test and will flow through to the rest of Australia if not stopped in Queensland.

18. Federal Government reinstate $15 million for the FMC Neonatal ICU

The previous Labor Federal Government committed $15 million to expand the neonatal unit at the Flinders Medical Centre.

There was a commitment from the Liberals during the election campaign that they would not make cuts to health.

Unfortunately the Abbott Government have reneged on their promise and will not fund the much needed $15 million expansion.

This is a cruel blow to South Australians and the neonatal intensive care unit at Flinders Medical Centre. The neonatal intensive care unit has 11 intensive care cots and it is one of only two neonatal intensive care units in South Australia. Babies admitted are critically ill or very premature and require extensive care and specialised monitoring.

With a 20% increase in the number of admissions at the neonatal unit, there is an overflow into temporary wards, which has caused significant problems for health professionals and these vulnerable families.

It is appalling that the Abbott Liberal Government has cut health care for our most vulnerable newborns and the $15 million funding should be reinstated as a priority.

19. Create laws to stop tattooing from homes and enforce stricter guidelines for opening tattoo establishments

There are currently zero laws in effect to punish those who tattoo without proper licenses and regulations.

Tattoo studios have rules and regulations that we must follow for the safety of our clients while many tattoo with disregard of others health out of their homes, bars, garages, basements and so on.

Licensed tattoo facilities have to follow and abide by rules and regulations for cross contamination and blood born pathogens. Many risks are Hepatitis, HIV and much more. These are the same risks that clients and artists alike run into on a daily basis as with Dentists and Doctors. The tattoo industry has less restrictions than Doctors and Dentists, yet the risks are the same. If Someone was to practice medicine or dentistry from home with out the proper licenses, permits and training there are major fines and sentences, yet thousands of untrained tattooers are tattooing from unlicensed facilities with little to no training and putting others lives at risk with no sort of laws to enforce this. Doctors are required to practice in a professional setting, same with dentists.

Tattooers and piercers are just as high risk if not handled professionally because of exposure to diseases that can be life threatening. It's a shame that there is not stricter regulations for our industry when it's a medical field also as we deal with cross contamination, blood borne pathogens, dermatology, skin and body alterations/modifications.

20. Ban killer change in OHIP medical test rules

A recent rule change bans Winnipeg doctors ordering tests for Ontario residents who are now expected to travel six hours to Thunder Bay to have blood tests and scans. Two hours to Winnipeg for someone in fragile health or in an emergency is life threatening but six hours will kill people.

For those who need several tests regularly it will at the very least wear down their ability to fight to get better. Many will not be able to afford the time or cost. Their families will suffer. Their employers will suffer. OHIP describes itself as one of the best medical care providers in the world, what do you think?

There are a number of other issues that seriously affect patients health. Tax payers have paid a huge amount of money to put resident's medical records on line. What is the hold up; the gravy train? The communication between Ontario and Manitoba needs improving. It would help if OHIP paid Manitoba healthcare for services to Ontario residents on time or at all. In summer all the small towns and cities affected have a huge number of visitors and payment for the potential law suits this will cause will fall to the taxpayer.

The bill for this change will fall on the taxpayer and individual patient. It will also put tremendous pressure on Thunder Bay. T-Bay already sends difficult cases to Winnipeg! Presumably those patients they already can't treat will be sent to Toronto? If you are young and in good health you can still have an emergency. Imagine having to travel the much longer journey to Thunder Bay to services that will be overwhelmed by this rule change, will you survive? Will your child? For me this is a human rights issue. If it is not immediately dealt with and people die it is unforgivable. Is it time to create a new Province or join Manitoba?

Please consider all the motives some cold blooded behind this quietly introduced rule change. Help me and so many others by signing a petition to put pressure on those who made this decision to reconsider.

21. Say "No" to the Practice of Patient Abandonment

Have you been denied medical care by a doctor?

Have you been told there is no need to have follow-up when your illness has not recovered?

Have you been refused of appointments?

Have you been refused of referrals for diagnosis tests, specialists, physiotherapists, or other healthcare providers?

Do you know if a physician selectively denies to treat the patients while still nominally maintaining them in the practice is a form of patient abandonment?

It may not be patients' fault. In many cases, it is observed that this may be an issue of supply and demand (too many patients and shortage of doctors / specialists). Doctors get to choose the conditions or patients they want to treat, despite patients are having existing doctor-patient relationship.

It may be alright for doctors to terminate a doctor-patient relationship if there is valid and reasonable reason, and if the termination of professional relationship is done properly, but it is not alright for doctors to abandon the patient without giving patient prior notice, a grace period, medical records and recommendations.

Currently there is no mechanism in Hong Kong to help these patients. There appear to have no mechanism in Hong Kong to define minimum threshold of the standard of medical service needed to be performed by doctors.

When there is a "refusing to treat" or "refusing to provide medical services" situation, it is often considered the doctor's professional judgment and others do not challenge.

If a doctor does not end the doctor-patient relationship properly, patients could be harmed if they could not find suitable alternate care.

22. Improve Quebec Health Care and Decrease Hospital Wait List Durations

Quebecers are in need of proper medical attention much sooner than when the services are available. Many students study health to become doctors and then work in other provinces for higher salaries.

This in addition to the lack of funding for health care and recent cutbacks in staff in hospitals, there are not enough health professionals to serve the health care needs of Quebecers.

23. Save Translation at Imperial

The Imperial College Management Board has informed us that the activities carried out by the Translation Studies Unit (TSU) are not considered core to the College strategy and that, if possible, the Unit should be transferred to another institution.

If this solution proves not to be feasible, consideration will be given to closing the unit by the end of September 2013.

24. Enact: The Moorehead Family Humanity in Healthcare Act of Georgia

This bill is about the reduction of risks and building of trust; it has been written as a means to ensure that Medical Professionals receive crisis management and anger management training.

This bill will also mandate that medical professionals take a Hippocratic Oath once a year, as to combat the often callous nature of some people who work in medicine. This bill also mandates a few other things like: the use of treatment plans, and using respectful language with patients. Our daughter recently lost her life, and most of the medical staff surrounding her at her death were panicked, angry or callous. They had forgotten their medical training because they were not trained on how to handle themselves emotionally in a crisis.

I can't say if she would have lived if her medical staff would have been emotionally in control of themselves, but I can say her odds would have been better. The entire bill can be found online at:

25. Enhance LGBT Cultural Competence Among Health Care Workers

In recent years, health care policy makers and providers have taken steps to develop initiatives that will advance cultural competence in the medical field.

Evidence that cultural competency improves quality of care and eliminates racial, ethnic, and religious disparities has given health care providers and policy makers the impetus to be more culturally attuned.

Research has shown that a successful provider-patient encounter bolsters patient satisfaction, increases the likelihood that medical instructions will be adhered to, and can be linked to a positive health outcome. As the United States becomes increasingly diverse, it is important that all workers who come into contact with patients are prepared to encounter myriad perspectives regarding medicine and health.

The provider-patient relationship is of such prognostic importance that several states have either proposed or passed legislation mandating that physicians and medical students take courses that increase their sensitivity towards and make them more responsive to the needs of minority patients. In 2005, New Jersey made this training compulsory for physicians who wish to obtain or renew a medical license.

While these measures have undoubtedly been instrumental in fostering positive attitudes towards patient differences, awareness of the unique issues pertinent to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population is scant. In particular, the transgender population is the most likely to experience mistreatment, harassment, and bias in a health care setting. Even in the progressive state of California, the Transgender Law Center reports that its clients encounter discriminatory conduct. Across the country, transgender people are asked inappropriate and unnecessary questions about their genitals, endure slurs and name calling, and are denied the request to be addressed by their preferred name and gender. Some medical providers will even condemn their transgender patients and openly express disgust and hostility.

According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, the largest compilation of data concerning transgender people to date, 28% of respondents reported being verbally harassed in a medical setting, and 2% reported being physically attacked. Half of all respondents found that their doctors are ignorant of basic tenets of transgender health. Finally, 19% of respondents have been denied treatment altogether, even though fourteen states, including New Jersey, have laws in place that prohibit health care discrimination against transgender and gender non-conforming patients. High profile cases include that of Robert Eads, a female to male transgender with ovarian cancer who died after he was denied treatment by over twenty doctors, and that of Tyra Hunter, a pre-operative transgender woman who died at the scene of a car accident after emergency medical technicians uttered derogatory slurs in references to her genitalia and withdrew medical care.

The impact of marginalization is so powerful that it has ostracized transgender individuals from the medical community entirely. One fourth of survey respondents reported that they postpone care due to the disrespect that they anticipate from providers.

Additionally, it has come to the recent attention of this petition's author that certain NJ medical facilities are in dire need of culturally competent care that caters to the LGBT community, especially the transgender population. In particular, anecdotal evidence concerning the misconduct demonstrated by workers in the psychiatric department of a New Jersey hospital has elucidated the need for reform as soon as possible. Unacceptable behavior reported includes: refusal to comply with a patient's desire to be addressed by a preferred gender, consistently unsympathetic attitudes towards related requests, the denial of medically necessary and previously prescribed hormonal treatments during inpatient hospital stays, the heavy reliance of the staff on psychotropic drugs to treat gender dysphoria, the fabrication of sexual abuse incidents during a patient's childhood to rationalize gender dysphoria, hostility towards patients who revealed their homosexual or gender nonconforming status, and threats to hospitalize a patient indefinitely because it was believed that their gender non-conforming status was indicative of mental illness. The transgender population is disproportionately represented among suicide statistics.

The 41% suicide rate among transgender people is more than 25 times the rate of the general population, which is 1.6%. Thus, it is imperative that psychiatric facilities be equipped to assist the transgender people that come to them in a state of crisis. The treatment of transgender people in doctor's offices, hospitals, and psychiatric wards is reprehensible. Oftentimes, the treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual patients is not much better.

26. STOP Pills Filled with Baby Flesh!

Thousands of pills filled with powdered human baby flesh discovered by customs officials in South Korea
More than 17,000 pills smuggled into country have been intercepted since last August. Pills viewed as a “miracle cure” for all ailments – but unsurprisingly they are harmful.

Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.

The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal “cure-all”.

The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.

Dead baby pills: This is ground baby powder which tests discovered is 99.7 per cent human last year. South Korean officials have stopped 17,000 dead baby pills being imported since last August

The tiny corpses are then bought, storedin household refrigerators in homes of those involved in the trade before they are removed and taken to clinics where they are placed in medical drying microwaves.

Once the skin is tinder dry, it is pummelled into powder and then processed into capsules along with herbs to disguise the true ingredients from health investigators and customs officers.

The discoveries since last August has shocked even hardened customs agents who have pledged to strengthen inspections.

Chinese officials are understood to have been aware of the trade and have tried to stop the capsules being exported but thousands of packets of them have been smuggled through to South Korea.

27. Time to Legalize Medical Marijuana in NC

Although cannabis has been smoked widely in Western countries for more than four decades, there is no clear evidence that the side-effects attributed to marijuana outweigh the medical benefits.

Studies have shown that patients receiving cannabinoids [smoked marijuana and marijuana pills] have improved immune function compared with those receiving placebo. They also gain about 4 pounds more on average than those patients receiving placebo. For some users, perhaps as many as 10 per cent, cannabis leads to psychological dependence, but there is scant evidence that it carries a risk of true addiction. Unlike cigarette smokers, most users do not take the drug on a daily basis, and usually abandon it in their twenties or thirties.

Unlike for nicotine, alcohol and hard drugs, there is no clearly defined withdrawal syndrome, the hallmark of true addiction, when use is stopped.

As far as marijuana being a "gateway drug", people who are predisposed to use drugs and have the opportunity to use drugs are more likely than others to use both marijuana and harder drugs. Marijuana typically comes first because it is more available.

28. Pressure Discovery Medical Aid to change limits on Allied Medical

Discovery Health Medical Aid has drastically changed their coverage for all allied health professionals for 2012.

It is unreasonable to go from unlimited benefits to a low maximum.

We are asking Discovery Health Scheme to appoint an independent commission of enquiry to investigate alternative ways of curbing abuse of benefits, without capping the limits.

Please join us and show your support- we need as many signatures as possible to show Discovery MA that we have major support.

29. Support our Medical Residents

Since March 31, 2010, the Fédération des médecins résidents du Québec has been trying to bring the government to recognize that the work conditions and remuneration of medical residents are suboptimal. During the same period, the ministry hasn’t hesitated a bit to sign agreements with medical specialists, family physicians, and other health professionals. But, for Quebec residents, nothing yet.

The government refuses to recognize the 37 % gap between Quebec residents’ remuneration and that of their colleagues in the rest of Canada.

The government refuses to compensate medical residents financially for the teaching activities they supervise, as it is the case for other health professionals.

The government refuses to increase medical residents’ call duty premium at its fair value.

The government refuses to pay overtime to medical residents.

This situation has become unacceptable for medical residents.

30. Support the use of Alternative/Unconventional medicine. T.H.C The Cure For Cancer

I would like to refer you to numerous studies (since 1974!) that show that cannabinoids kills cancer cells, shrink tumors, halts the spread of invasive carcinomas, and prevents occurrence; cannabinoids signal the cancer to go into apoptosis which is “programmed cell death” after Ceramide begins production.

-university of VA -THC causes kills leukaemia cells;
-University of Texas study showing the CB1 receptor (which is activated by cannabis) suppresses colorectal cancer tumor, when the CB-1 receptor is lost cancer can occur;
-Univ of Southern Florida study showing that cannabis blocks cancer causing viruses;
-Harvard study showing cannabis cuts lung cancer growth in half;
-The British Journal of Cancer reports that cannabis treats prostate cancer;
-Pacific Medical Center Research Institute found that cannabis halts breast cancer.