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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.

  • Recent Media Releases
    • “A Prescription for Poverty” – Health Network Response to Broten Tax Review

      Halifax, NS – Health advocates are ‘astounded’ by the recommendations of the just completed Nova Scotia tax review. The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, a coalition of patients and health workers, called the recommendations  backward and unsafe.

      From the standpoint of health and the well-being of the most vulnerable sectors of the population, this is clearly bad policy “.” said Dr. Tim Bood, board member of the Health Network. “One of the biggest, if not the biggest indicator of health is income. So why would you cut taxes to the rich and implement a tax that hurts women and the poor disproportionately?”

      The review, headed by Laurel Broten, recommended eliminating the top tax bracket for people earning more than $150, 000 per year; lowering the corporate tax from 16% to 13.5%, eliminating point of sale rebates on books, children’s clothing, diapers, and feminine products.

      “Consumption taxes force those strugglingTheres More…

    • Media Release: Court Challenge Threatens to Open Medicare to User Fees, Unequal Access

       

       

      September 29, 2014
      Court Challenge Threatens to Open Medicare to User Fees, Unequal Access
      Patients and public health care advocates call for care based on need, not ability to pay, as Dr. Brian Day and the province of British Columbia seek a settlement outside of the court

      Halifax – Just before Health Minister Leo Glavine joins his provincial and territorial counterparts at the end of September, patients, public health care advocates and patients and providers are calling attention to what they’re referring to as the ‘biggest threat to public health care in a generation.” The Nova Scotia Health Coalition held a press conference Monday to call for commitment to equal access to quality health care as a legal challenge in B.C aims to overturn the constitutional ban on private-for-profit medicine. The press conference coincided with others held by health coalitions across the country.

      Coming in advance of theTheres More…

    • Media Advisory: Press Conference Sept 29th, 1pm

      Press Conference on “Biggest Threat to Medicare” – Dr. Day Legal Case
      Patients and public health care advocates call for care based on need, not ability to pay, as private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day and the province of British Columbia seek a settlement outside of the court to a constitutional challenge to Canadian public health care. Lawyer Steven Shrybman, counsel for the interveners BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare, will be available via Skype for a high level briefing and update on the case.

       

      What: Update and high level briefing on the court challenge to public health care

      Where: 2103 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS

      When: Monday September 29th, 2014. Time: 1pm

      Who: Steven Shrybman, counsel for the interveners BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare, partner in the law firm of Sack, Goldblatt and Mitchell;

      Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and Adjunct Faculty with CapeTheres More…

    • Release: “Stand up to Harper” Health Advocates tell Premiers

      August 28/14

      Media Release
      “Stand Up to Harper” Health Advocates tell Premiers
      Charlottetown, P.E.I. – As Canada’s 13 premiers gathered for their annual meeting on Thursday, they were met by public health care advocates calling on them to discuss a new health accord and to stand up to Harper’s funding cuts. Organized by the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, public health supporters rallied in front of Province House, greeting the premiers and journalists with placards, a ‘King Harper’ puppet, and a banner that read, “Premiers, Stand Up to Harper’s Health Cuts”

      “Harper has refused to negotiate a new health accord and is about to cut $36 billion from health care” said James Hutt, Provincial Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “These are cruel and drastic cuts that will fragment Medicare into 14 unequal systems and open our system up to privatization.”

      The health accord is anTheres More…

    • Join us for our Annual General Meeting & Guest Speaker: Monika Dutt!

      Saturday, September 20th,
      11-12:30pm,
      Johanna B. Oosterveld Centre, 2103 Gottingen St, Halifax
       

      Following business, lunch will be provided and we’ll be joined by guest speaker
      Dr. Monika Dutt, from 1pm – 2:30pm:

      Monika Dutt is a public health specialist and family physician in Cape Breton. She is the Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare and Adjunct Faculty with Cape Breton University. On twitter follow: @Monika_Dutt.

      Dr. Dutt will speak about the challenges facing  public health care in Canada and strategies for overcoming them. A discussion will follow the presentation.

      This will be an event not to be missed! 

      To RSVP for the event please send an email to James (at) NSHealthCoalition.ca with your full name and any dietary restrictions.

      See you there!
      James & the rest of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
      Business Meeting Agenda: (11am -12.30pm)

      Welcome
      Chair’s update

      Year in Review: Highlights
      Committee report – PersonnelTheres More…

    • Statement on NS College of Physicians’ Move to Regulate Private Health Care

      Keep Private Providers out of Health Care
      Published in the Chronicle Herald June 18, 2014
      At their recent annual general meeting, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia announced that they are getting ready for the privatization of health care. They will look at ways to regulate private health care as part of their strategic two year plan.

      This is a mistake and one that will put patients at risk. The College has a key role to play in setting the quality of care. They are the regulating body for all physicians and surgeons in their province. Part of the College’s mandate is to ensure the highest standards of care in all of its members’ practices. There is no way to do that with for-profit medicine.

      Decades of research have shown that private health care is less safe than public. Whether its private hospitals, clinics, or nursing homes,Theres More…

    • Press Release: Doctors, Community Members File Complaint against College of Physicians

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
      Halifax, N.S. – Doctors and supporters of public health care held an information picket Tuesday morning at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. Protestors gathered in front of the Bayers Road office to pass out leaflets and to file a formal complaint against the College. The picket was organized by the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network in response to the College’s recent decision to prepare to regulate private health care.

      “As a doctor, I’m deeply concerned by the college’s direction” said Timothy Bood, an emergency room physician and member of the Health Network. “Decades of research has proven for-profit medicine to be less safe; it puts patients at greater risk. No amount of regulation can change that.”

      At their annual general meeting, the College announced it would look at ways to regulate private delivery of care as part of their 2 year strategicTheres More…

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