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If enough of us commit to vote for public health care in the 2015 federal election, we can elect a government with a strong mandate to improve and strengthen health care that is based on need rather than ability to pay.

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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
    • Media release: Premier must rule out privatization of Victoria General Hospital


      Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is calling on Premier Stephen McNeil to rule out the privatization of the Victoria General Hospital.  A mid-January deadline for the government to develop a plan to rebuild the aging hospital has passed and today the Premier says there is no clear deadline for when a decision will be made about the future of this important regional hospital.

      “The Liberals have mused about privatizing the Victoria-General Hospital by allowing it to become a P3 – a public-private partnership,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Coalition.  “P3s have been a disaster in Nova Scotia, and around the country, especially in the health care sector.”

      Nova Scotia’s experience with P3s includes a number of P3 schools, which have been plagued by cost overruns, delays and issues surrounding community control of the schools.  Another example of a P3 is the Cobequid Pass,Theres More…

    • Media Release: Letter to Ombudsman re: Seniors Pharmacare

       Health Coalition writes to Ombudsman Office requesting clear, unbiased information about changes to Seniors Pharmacare

      Halifax, NS – This morning, the Nova Scotia Health Coalition wrote to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman Office outlining serious concerns with the Department of Health and Wellness’ communications around the changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program.  The Health Coalition has requested the Ombudsman Office provide clear, unbiased information about the changes.

      “The communications from the Department of Health on the cuts to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program have been confusing, contradictory and full of government spin,” says Kyle Buott, provincial Coordinator of the Health Coalition.  “We are hoping the Ombudsman Office can provide an unbiased accounting of the changes.”

      Thousands of Nova Scotians across the province are outraged by the government’s spin on this issue, which initially suggested seniors would pay less with the changes.  Recent media reports have made it clear that thousands of seniorsTheres More…

    • Letter to Ombudsman Office re: Seniors Pharmacare communications

      The Nova Scotia Health Coalition has written to the Nova Scotia Ombudsman Office to file a compliant about the Department of Health and Wellness’ communications around Seniors Pharmacare.  We are requesting the Ombudsman provide clear, unbiased information about the changes the government is making to the program.  See the full letter below.


      To: The Nova Scotia Ombudsman Office
      From: The Nova Scotia Health Coalition

      Re: Seniors Pharmacare Cuts


      The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is a network of individual and organizational members devoted to protecting and improving public health care in Nova Scotia.

      We are writing today to the Ombudsman Office out of frustration with the government’s changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program.  While we acknowledge the government has the power to make changes to the Seniors’ Pharmacare Program, the lack of information, and contradictions in the information being provided to the public has created great confusion about theTheres More…

    • Media Release: Demand Justice on Seniors’ Pharmacare


      Halifax, NS – Each day, new stories are coming out about the Liberals cuts to Seniors’ Pharmacare.  With the changes being made to the program, almost 40,000 seniors could see increases in their premiums for the medications they need. This includes 14,000 of the poorest seniors in the province who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement.

      “Health care is a human right.  Instead of charging seniors for the medication they need, we should be moving toward a National Pharmacare Program at the federal level,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Coalition.  “No one – not seniors, not children, not working people – should have to pay for medication they need to live a full and happy life.”

      The Liberals have misled the public every step of the way in announcing these draconian cuts to seniors’ pharmacare.  These cuts include cost increases of up to 200% for some seniors. Theres More…

    • All-Candidates Debate and AGM Sept. 20

      When: September 20, 2015
      Where: Best Western Bridgewater, 527 Highway 10 Exit 12
      Annual General Meeting: 10am-12pm
      All-Candidates Debate: 1pm-2.30pm
      The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is hosting an All-Candidates debate on health and inequality with Federal election candidates running in South Shore-St. Margaret’s.
      This debate is free for all to attend!
      This debate focuses on key health care issues, such as a national drug plan, seniors care, a new health accord, eliminating poverty, as well as health care for refugees.
      The event will be moderated by Dave Stephens, the News Director at Lighthouse Now!
      The debate will follow our Annual General Meeting. To RSVP for the AGM please send an email to Katelyn (karmstrong@nshealthcoalition.ca) with your full name and any dietary restrictions. In order to provide enough food for lunch, we need people to RSVP!

      Business Meeting Agenda: (10am -12pm)

      Chair’s update

      Year in Review: Highlights
      Committee report –Theres More…

    • Stand up for Progress National Tour comes to Halifax

      The Broadbent Institute’s Stand up for Progress National Tour featuring Harry Leslie Smith is coming to Halifax.

      Smith is the author of the acclaimed book, Harry’s Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save it, and at 92, he’s Canada’s oldest rebel inspiring the next generation of activists.

      Smith survived the Great Depression and fought in the Second World War for the United Kingdom. After the war, immigrated to Canada and contributed to the expansion of the welfare state.

      On the eve of the federal election, the veteran will be in Halifax to talk about what’s at stake.

      A panel discussion will follow with progressive activists ready to make an impact in the lead up to the federal election. They include:

      El Jones, Halifax Regional Municipality Poet Laureate
      Catherine Abreu, Energy Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
      James Hutt, Provincial Coordinator, Nova Scotia Citizens’ Healthcare Network

      TheTheres More…

    • Media Release: Yarmouth Townhall Meeting on Changes to Homecare

      For immediate release

      June 10th, 2015
      Meeting to Discuss Changes in Home Care on Monday
      Interactive Panel & Town-hall, June 15th

      Halifax, NS– The Nova Scotia Health Citizens’ Health Care Network is holding a town hall meeting in Yarmouth on the future home care and inviting local participation. The sixth of a series of 7 town-hall meetings kicks off at 6:30pm on Monday, June 15th at the Rodd Grand Yarmouth Hotel.

      “The government has proposed privatizing home care with absolutely no consultation” said James Hutt, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “We’ve launched this tour to bring people together to discuss how these changes will impact them and to think about what else the government should do to ensure patients get the care they need.”

      The first half of the 2 hour event will focus on an interactive of panel, with perspectives from Tracy d’Entremont, a home nurse; Jody Hanley,Theres More…

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