18 Oct New Report: Nova Scotia facing $993 million dollar health care funding shortfall

As Health Ministers from across Canada meet in Edmonton today, Canada’s Health Coalitions released a report showing the recent bilateral health schemes pushed through by the Trudeau government have come at a huge cost.     The report “Health Accord Breakdown: Costs and Consequences of the Failed 2016/17 Negotiations” calculates that the failure of the Health Accord will mean a health care funding shortfall of $31 billion for the provinces with no concrete targets to improve public health care for Canadians and no plan to bridge the fiscal gap. Nova Scotia will lose $993 million dollars in federal funding.   Calling the rhetoric around...

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12 Oct Health care advocates urge Minister Delorey to support pay-for-plasma ban

  Health advocates from BloodWatch.org, the Council of Canadians, and the Nova Scotia Health Coalition are calling on Nova Scotia’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Randy Delorey, to support legislation introduced to the house banning for-profit plasma collection in the province. This week the New Democratic Party introduced Bill 37, the Voluntary Blood Donation Act. This act would take steps to protect Canada’s voluntary blood system and protect Nova Scotians.   "Minister Delorey is putting the security of the blood supply in Nova Scotia at risk by leaving the door open to paid-plasma,” said Kat Lanteigne, Executive Director of BloodWatch.org. “The only...

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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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