The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is the provincial affiliate to the Canadian Health Coalition.
You can also follow us on Twitter: @NSHealthNetwork. Use hashtag #nshealth.
Formed in 1996 the Health Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high level of care, and create a forum of people and communities to discuss issues related to health care.
The Health Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and concerned individuals dedicated to protecting, strengthening, and expanding public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care, long-term care and home care.
The Health Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding. Our budget comes strictly from our members.
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- Release: Health Network Announces Election Report Card
For immediate release
Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network published an election report card, grading all four of the political parties on their healthcare platforms.
The Green Party received the highest grade of a “B.” The NDP ranked second with a grade of C+, followed by the Liberals at C-, and the PC’s with a D-.
Parties were marked based on their platforms and on their responses to a questionnaire. The Health Network issued a final grade, as well grade for 6 key areas: Vision, Opposition to Privatization, Health Delivery, Access to Care, Pharmacare, and Patient Centred Care.
“The results are really quite telling. Healthcare is a huge priority this election, with major challenges on horizon, but most parties are content to tinker around the edges” said James Hutt, Coordinator of the Health Network. “Only the Green party articulated a clear vision on how to reduce costsTheres More…
- Media Advisory: Health Network to Grade Party Platforms
Media Advisory- Photo Opportunity
September 30, 2013
Health Network to Grade Parties’ Health Care Platforms
The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is hosting a press conference on Thursday, October 3rd, to announce the group’s rating of each political party’s positions related to public health care.
Thursday, October 3rd
Joanna B. Oosterveld Centre
2103 Gottingen Street
Ratings are based on details in the respective platforms as well as responses to a questionnaire the Network distributed to each party at the beginning of the current campaign. Members of the Health Network will be joined by the chair and the new Executive Director of the North End Community Clinic.
The Network is encouraging voters to consider the needs and challenges in the health care system and vote based on which parties and candidates will protect, strengthen, and extend public health care.
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- Release: Health Network Publishes Names of Pro-Public Health Candidates
For immediate release
Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network published a complete list of candidates that signed onto its Health Care Champion Pledge.The pledge was sent to all candidates running in the provincial election. By signing it, candidates acknowledged the dangers of privatizing health care and affirmed their commitment to ensuring Nova Scotians have access to comprehensive public health care and to uphold the values of the Canada Health Act.
All fifty one candidates for the NDP signed the pledge. Twenty Seven Liberal candidates signed on, including leader Stephen McNeil and health critic Leo Glavine. Only one member of the PC party signed; Edna Lee in Cape Breton Centre. All sixteen candidates for the Green Party also signed.
“This is about separating the wheat from the chaff” said James Hutt, Co-ordinator of the Health Network. “It’s easy to put a line in a platform,Theres More…
- NS Candidates – Health Care Champions
Health Care Champion Pledge
candidate in the 62nd General Election in Nova Scotia,
believe in a robust public health care system, where patients are treated based on their need, not on their ability to pay.
I agree that:
Privatization does not create health care workers; it poaches health care workers to work in private for-profit institutions, draining resources and increasing wait times.
Privatization hurts poor communities as for-profit medicine is concerned with making profits and not the needs of small populations
Privatization hurts all Nova Scotians through increased costs, lower safety standards, and reduced access.
I pledge to:
Uphold the values of the Canada Health Act – Administration, Comprehensiveness, Universality, Portability, and Accessibility.
Proclaim Bill 144 – The Insured Health Services Act
Ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to a strong, vital and comprehensive public health care system.
- Media Release: Health Network Announces 11 Steps to Best Health System in Canada
For Immediate Release:
Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network launched a 12-point platform for protecting, strengthening, and extending public health care in Nova Scotia. Each item is a cost-saving or low-cost item which will make public health care work better and provide better care for Nova Scotians. The Network is calling on all parties to “steal” these ideas in their election platforms.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” says James Hutt, provincial coordinator of the Health Network. “To improve the health care system, expand services that help communities thrive and keep people healthy in the first place. By following these steps and investing in solutions like community health centres and midwives, we would keep people away from hospitals, off wait lists, and save money.”
Ensuring that Nova Scotia remains committed to single-tier, universal, public health care will ensure that health care is itsTheres More…
- MEDIA RELEASE: NS Health Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health
August 16, 2013, MEDIA RELEASE:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health.
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network applauds the Nova Scotia New Democrat’s announcement today that it will expand dental coverage yearly up to age 17. Coming on the heels of an April announcement that increased the age to 12 and under, this later change will increasing the age of coverage incrementally over 4 years until all children 17 and under are covered.
“This is a major victory” said Lee Seymour, Chair of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. “Oral health is a good indication and foundation for general health. Now 54,300 children will get the start they need to lead long healthy lives.”
The Health Network has campaigned for years to increase children’s dental coverage. At its highest point, coverage extended to age 16; at its lowest,Theres More…
- Open Letter to Premier Dexter: Stand up for Public Health Care
Published July 25, 2013 in The Chronicle Herald
Premier Darrell Dexter
Province of Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 726
Halifax, N.S. B3J 2T3
Dear Premier Dexter,
We, the undersigned organizations, made up of doctors, nurses, health care workers and providers; health committees, community organizations, patient groups, civil society, and organized labour, are deeply concerned about the expiration of the 2004 Canada Health Accord.
In 2014, the current Health Care Accord – the deal that sets funding and health care service delivery agreements between the federal, provincial and territorial governments – expires and must be renegotiated. Past accords set valuable benchmarks for progress. In the immediate years following their signing, we saw wait times significantly decrease in key areas.
However, as you know, the federal government has thus far refused to negotiate a new health accord.
Without a new accord in 2014, the federal government will determine funding for healthTheres More…
- Release: Health Network Announces Election Report Card
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