06 Mar March 6/12 Op-Ed- Pay More, Get Less: Private health care wrong way to go

Published in The Chronicle Herald March 6th, 2013 By John Hutton and Adrienne Silnicki It is disappointing that NDP Health Minister Dave Wilson has chosen to renew a government contract with Scotia Surgery. The contract, worth $1 million to the for-profit clinic to perform 500 surgeries per year, raises a lot of unanswered questions. Beyond the questionable ethics of making medically necessary care a for-profit business, one has to ask if renewing the contract, intended to reduce wait lists, is an efficient use of the public’s health care dollars. Given the poor track record of private-public partnerships in Canada, intense scrutiny and broad public consultation are warranted.
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26 Jul Premiers, Protect Public Health Care

Printed in the Chronicle Herald on July 26, 2012 http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/120998-premiers-protect-public-health-care Premiers, Protect Public Health Care By Kyle Buott and Adrienne Silnicki By 2014, the federal, provincial and territorial governments were supposed to negotiate a new Health Accord, an agreement that spells out how much support Ottawa will provide to make sure Canadians across the country have equal access to health care. But instead of sitting down and negotiating with the premiers to improve public health care, Stephen Harper decided to dictate the terms of the new accord. Now, the Harper government is cutting $31 billion from health care between 2017 and 2024.
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14 Apr April 14/10 – Opinion Editorial: Progressive Agenda Vital

Then it is time to tackle some of the inefficiencies in our health care system, including fee-for-service payments for physicians. Nova Scotia is already a national leader in promoting alternative payment plans (APP) for physicians; indeed, more than 30 per cent of our physicians are already on an APP. Getting physicians off fee-for-service helps stabilize physicians’ incomes and encourages them to spend more time with patients, as it removes the financial incentive to rush patients through....

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28 May Newspaper Column: ER Closures in Tatamagouche

This article is about a campaign by the North Shore CItizns' Health Committee, a local committee of the Health Network, to keep their Emergency Room open and bring a nurse practitioner to the community. It was printed in the Chronicle Herald on May 28th, 2008....

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22 May Newspaper Column: Private sector top cost driver for health care

Promoters of privatization have an ideology that they want to force on the rest of us. It doesn't matter if universal coverage is cheaper and leads to better life expectancy. They'd rather get you angry and try to convince you that paying more money to insurance companies for less effective health care is in your best interest....

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