26 May Where do the Parties Stand on Health Care?

    Health care is in Crisis. What would each party do to address it? Over the last few months health care workers and patients have described the conditions in our health care system as a crisis. Doctors Nova Scotia pointed to the inadequate number of doctors in the province, NSGEU highlighted the non-stop crisis in our province's overcrowded emergency rooms, 600 concerned citizens packed a Sydney Gymnasium demanding action from politicians, and the Digby Area Health Coalition released a detailed and shocking report showing the impact of inadequate care and exploring why doctors keep leaving their community. On election day we want to make sure...

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18 May Digby Area Health Coalition Reports

On May 16, 2017 our friends in the Digby Area Health Coalition released two detailed reports about how public health care works in their community. These reports should be read by anyone interested in health care in Nova Scotia as they paint a detailed, shocking picture of what health care in one community looks like and how the choices governments make impact the lives of every day people. The DAHC have allowed us to share their research here and you can download them by clicking on the links below. The first report was conducted by two graduate students and included interviews with dozens...

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17 May Political parties need to respond to crisis in healthcare in Digby Area

A report released last night by the Digby Area Health Coalition (DAHC) shows the damage caused by years of inadequate healthcare in the Digby region. “It’s the only drawback to living here” is the result of almost a year of community based research and details the experiences of residents in southwestern Nova Scotia. The report was based on interviews and focus groups with dozens of residents and includes harrowing personal stories. The Nova Scotia Health Coalition attended the release and have been working with the DAHC to push for improvements in care. “This report provides evidence of what many Nova...

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28 Apr Provincial budget effectively cuts health care funding

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is concerned that the 2017 Nova Scotia budget is effectively a cut to health care spending in the province. “The 1.8% increase in funding for health care in this budget fails to keep pace with inflation and is a cut  in real dollars. The money in this budget will pay for less than the money in last year’s budget did,” said Chris Parsons, provincial coordinator of the Nova Scotia Health Coalition. The government's’ own own budget projections anticipate inflation to rise to 1.9% in 2017 and 2% in 2018. The Coalition is particularly worried that...

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23 Mar Federal Budget Offers No Help For Nova Scotia’s Underfunded Healthcare System

The 2017 Federal budget includes no significant new expenditures on healthcare and will implement former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s potentially catastrophic changes to the Canadian Health Transfer (CHT). The CHT is the mechanism that the federal government uses to fund part of the cost of universal healthcare in Canada and is crucial in ensuring that Canadians across the country are able to access similar levels of care. 2017-2018 will mark the first year since 2004 that the transfer’s annual increase will be less than 6%. The 3% increase in the CHT announced today means that federal funding will not keep pace...

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09 Feb Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for United Health Accord

Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table Canada’s universal health care system requires federal vision and federal leadership. A health accord should unite the country in recommitting to our shared vision, encourage the scaling up of best practices, and implementing national standards to ensure that no matter where Canadians live they can access high quality public health care on equitable terms for all based on our health system's foundational principles of equity and compassion. Given the current state of negotiations between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, we, Canada’s national, provincial and territorial health coalitions are deeply concerned about the future...

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