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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25 Jan Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by government’s P3 plans

Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by government’s P3 plans HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that they will hire consultants to evaluate the business case for using Public-Private Partnership (P3) funding and management models to replace the old VG Hospital site in Halifax. “After over three decades of failed private funding deals, we have overwhelming evidence that this model just doesn’t work,” Health Coalition coordinator Chris Parsons said. “There’s no business case to be made for these funding schemes. In the end, they cost more and deliver less,” he added. In 2014...

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