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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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.”
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- “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.
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- 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.
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- 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
“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.”
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- 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)
Year in Review: Highlights
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