08 Apr April 8/10 – Media Release: Interim ER Report

Thursday, 08 April 2010

Health Network Pleased with Interim ER Report

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network sees many progressive reforms in the interim report on ERs by Dr John Ross.

“Dr. Ross has highlighted many of the issues facing ERs in Nova Scotia and has identified some positive solutions to these problems including improving access to primary health care and better integration of different health care workers including nurse practitioners and physicians assistants,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

The report also identifies compensation for health care workers as a major issue. One of the solutions to this problem is eliminating the fee-for-service model of physician compensation in favour of alternative payment plans.

“Nova Scotia is a leader in the country on alternative payment plans for physicians; more than 30% of our physicians are already on APPs. We can continue to show leadership in this area,” says Buott.

The report also highlights emergency ambulance care and makes the correct argument that charging patients for ambulance transportation is a barrier to care, especially in communities facing ER closures.

“Eliminating fees for ambulances will be imperative as we move forward in improving emergency health care services,” says Buott.

The Health Network looks forward to Dr. Ross’ final report and will be monitoring the government’s action on his recommendations.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
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.