21 Mar 3/21 Media Release: Federal Budget Lacks Leadership on Public Health Care

The federal budget tabled today in the House of Commons missed many opportunities to improve public health care and will leave thousands of Canadians waiting for care, says the Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network.

“The Prime Minister is a known opponent of public health care, and the lack of leadership shown by his government for the number one priority of Canadians is not acceptable,” says Ian Johnson, vice-chair of the Health Network. “Instead of implementing innovative programs like a national pharmacare plan, which would save $10.7 billion and expand Canadians’ drug coverage, the government is abdicating its role in health care and gutting the care that we depend on.”

The federal government has so far refused to meet with Canada’s premiers to negotiate a health accord for 2014, and has indicated that $36 billion in cuts are on the way. Nova Scotia has long wait lists for long-term care, mental health care services, family physicians, and other medically necessary services. This budget will do nothing to reduce those wait lists.

“The government wants to leave health care entirely to the provinces and use working groups to come up with solutions. We’re getting a handful of bulk purchased drugs instead of a national pharmacare plan,” says Johnson. “The country is crying out for leadership in so many areas, and instead the government is turning its back on people’s needs. It is long overdue that a new, comprehensive health accord be negotiated.”

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For more information please contact:

Ian Johnson
Vice Chair
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Mobile – (902) 476-4355