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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
    • Provincial Tour: Future of Homecare Meetings

      The Future of Home Care: People or Profit?
      Join us for an interactive panel discussion on the proposed changes to home care

       

       

       

       
      Day of Action: Wednedsay May 6th: https://www.facebook.com/events/825228194218819/
      Sydney -Tuesday, April 21,
      7-9pm
      Legion Branch 128,
      10 Wesley St, Whitney Pier,
      https://www.facebook.com/events/361838080683051/

       

      Amherst – Thursday, April 30th6:30-8:30pmRoyal Canadian Legion Branch 10, 47 Laplanche Road,https://www.facebook.com/events/449042711936855/Halifax – Monday, May 4th
      6:30-8:30pm
      Linsdey Children’s room, 2nd floor,
      Central Library,
      5440 Spring Garden Rd
      https://www.facebook.com/events/936692993029437/

       

      More events to come for Yarmouth, Liverpool and more. For more information email James at NSHealthCoalition.ca

    • Release: Revenues up, while Liberals decrease health spending on children and seniors

      Halifax, NS – The provincial budget tabled today in the legislature reduced health spending to its lowest increase in years. The 2015/2016 budget increased expenditures for the Department of Health and Wellness by only 0.8%, even though revenues increased 3.8% beyond what was forecast.

      “Despite an increase in revenues, the Liberal government is cutting back on health care to seniors & children” said James Hutt, Provincial Co-ordinator for the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Network. “We have over 3000 seniors waiting for continuing care services, yet they have refused to open new long term care beds. All seniors get is a pittance for home care and a caregivers benefit”

      The budget included $3.8 million for home care and $1.8 million in additional funding for caregivers.

      “Continuing care is already in crisis and this budget does nothing to change it.” Hutt added.

      Health Minister Glavine also announced that he would not increaseTheres More…

    • Petition: End Ambulance Fees

      Tell Health Minister Glavine to eliminate ambulance fees:
      Sign the Petition

    • Release: NS Could Eliminate Ambulance Fees for $9.7m

      Sign the petition!  http://chn.ge/1CQO9tn

       

      For immediate release
      Nova Scotia Could Eliminate Ambulance Fees for $9.7 million:
      1 in 4 Atlantic Canadians Deterred by Cost
      Halifax, NS –The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is calling for the province to eliminate ambulance fees entirely, a move they say would cost only $9.7 million per year and lead to longer term savings.

      Further evidence for this long overdue step comes from a recent investigation by CBC’s The Marketplace which has found that 19% of Canadians are deterred from using ambulances due to their cost. In Atlantic Canada, that figure increases to 23%.

      “No one should have to pay to receive care when they need it” said James Hutt, Provincial Co-ordinator for the Health Network.

      “Ambulance fees are keeping people from getting treatment, putting their lives in danger and adding costs to the health system due to increased complications.”

      In 2013/2014, Emergency HealthTheres More…

    • “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…

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