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
    • POSTPONED: Media Advisory: Press Conference: Sept 18th

      This has been postponed. 
      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: Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Time: 10am

      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 ofTheres 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,
      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)

      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

      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…

    • Media Advisory: June 17th: Doctors, Supporters Picket College of Physicians

      Photo opportunity:
      Doctors, community members to picket NS College of Physicians & Surgeons, file formal complaint

      Halifax, NS – Doctors, health workers and community members are outraged that the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons is preparing to accept and regulate private health care. At their recent annual general meeting, the College announced that is preparing for private delivery as part of its strategic direction. Public health supporters are concerned by the move; by trying to regulate privatization, the College is deeming private clinics safe when decades of research show otherwise. It also accepts and legitimizes the role of private clinics, which allows for the further development of a two tier system.

      Public health supporters are holding an info-picket in front of the College’s office and will be filing an official complaint against the college on behalf of all Nova Scotians.


      Reports are encouraged to accompany rally organizersTheres More…

    • Media Release: Provincial Budget “failing to plan for future”

      For immediate Release
      Provincial Budget “failing to plan for future,” Health Network says,
      Halifax, NS – The provincial budget tabled today in the legislature focused on 2 areas of health care: physicians and home care. The 2014/2015 budget provided $10.6 million to recruit and hire physicians, and $32.6 million for home care services. The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network welcomed these improvements, but said the government “is failing to plan for the future.”

      “There is no forward planning in this budget” said James Hutt, Provincial Co-ordinator for the NS Health Network. “We welcome more support for home care and doctors, but there is nothing for community health centres, midwives or mental health and addictions. These are solutions that would improve quality of care, and actually save money.”

      The budget made no mention of the looming $902 million cut in federal health transfers. Starting in 2016-2017, the Harper Conservatives willTheres More…

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