04 Apr April 4/2011 – Media Release: New Online Action

Monday, 04 April 2011

Health Network Launches New Online Action to Promote Canada Health Act

 

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network launched a new online action this morning.  Individuals are able to send a letter to the Minister of Health to continue pushing the province to stop the growth of private, for-profit health care by enshrining the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial law.

Check out the letter on the Health Network website at http://bit.ly/eVv7vs.

“The five principles of the Canada Health Act – Public Administration, Universality, Comprehensiveness, Accessibility, and Portability – are the cornerstones of public health care in Canada,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Enshrining the Act in provincial law will protect access to care for generations to come.”

The NDP committed before the last election to enshrine the principles of the Act.  In fact in 2001, then Health Critic, now Premier Darrell Dexter introduced the Protection of Medicare Act, which, if passed, would have enshrined the five principles.

“The easiest way to stop the growth of private, for-profit health care is to bring the Protection of Medicare back during the Spring Session of the Provincial Legislature,” says Ian Johnson, Vice Chair of the Health Network.

The Health Network aims to have over 100 letters sent to the Minster of Health and the Opposition Health Critics.

 

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Work – (902) 406-9422

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.