03 Apr April 3/12 – Media Release: Provincial Budget Leaves Thousands Waiting For Care
Tuesday, 03 April 2012
For Immediate Release
April 3, 2012
Provincial Budget Leaves Thousands Waiting For Health Care
Halifax, NS – The provincial budget leaves thousands of people waiting for important health care services, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. There are some small investments in priority areas, and some small steps in the right direction, but in general this budget doesn’t protect, strengthen and extend public health care
The Health Network was looking for action in five key areas:
What we wanted: No cuts to public health care
What we got: No direct cuts, though inflation will eat up most of the increase. The health care budget gets an increase of 2.6%. While some programs see increases, the budget for our District Health Authorities, which run the hospitals, is basically frozen. No as bad as the cuts the government was talking about, but still not an investment in the future.
What we wanted: $40 million for community health centres.
What we got: No new money for community health centres. There is $4.8 million to create four new Collaborative Care Centres, which is a good step in the right direction but not enough for the 45,000 Nova Scotians without access to primary health care.
What we wanted: Merging the pharmacare plans to simplify the process and look for administration cost savings
What we got: No action on expanding pharmacare. There is however $10.2 million to protect seniors from premium increases.
What we wanted: An expansion of the Children’s Oral Health Program to give 65,000 kids access to basic dental care.
What we got: Nothing for kids dental care.
What we wanted: Hiring of 10 new nurse practitioners and 12 midwives
What we got: No new nurse practitioners or midwives.
“This budget leaves thousands of Nova Scotians waiting for important health care services while continuing to cut taxes for corporations,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “The government’s priorities are questionable since we have long wait lists for many services, 45,000 Nova Scotians without access to primary health care, and need to expand important health services like mental health care.”
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For more information please contact:
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
Cell – (902) 478-0239
About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:
Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.
The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.
The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.