30 Sep Strengthening public care

Published in The Chronicle Herald on Sunday, September 30th, 2012 Strengthening public care I think the Sept. 25 editorial “Health-care delivery: Flex credits” missed the point about how the government’s “Better Care Sooner” has helped to improve emergency health care. The real value of the Better Care Sooner initiative is that its five major parts are aimed at strengthening public health care. They include improving access to health-care providers, making emergency care more streamlined, providing better care for persons with complex needs, increasing use of 811 and 911 in emergencies, and funding for quality care. They especially depend upon the dedication and hard...

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13 Sep September 13th/12 – Letter to the Editor: Premiers Must Demand Accord

Letter to the Editor By John Hutton, Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network Think about the problems we face with health care as it is. Now, imagine that over one thousand nurses were removed. Think about how long it takes to get a bed in a hospital here in Nova Scotia. Now, imagine that several hospitals were shut down. It would be a chaotic nightmare for Nova Scotians in need, and it is exactly what Stephen Harper's cuts will do to the province if he gets his way. For the last ten years, public health care has been funded by a health accord...

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03 Jul 50 Years of Medicare in Saskatchewan

By Ian Johnson, Vice Chair, Nova Scotia Health Coalition July 1 this year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare in Canada. It was on July 1, 1962 that insured medical services started in Saskatchewan. This did not happen overnight. A number of important preparatory steps were taken over almost 20 years. This included setting up insured hospital services in 1947.
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18 Jun Mean-spirited cut

Mean-spirited cut *Printed in the Chronicle Herald on June 17, 2012*
In December 2011, Stephen Harper’s Conservative government announced it would cut funding for public health care by $21 billion to $31 billion, from 2017 to 2024. There was no consultation. And recently, again with no consultation, it announced another drastic and extremely mean-spirited cut to the Interim Federal Health Program — the health-care program for people seeking refugee status in Canada.
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26 Apr Cuts won’t cure care

Published in the Chronicle Herald, April 26, 2012 By John Hutton, Nova Scotia Health Coalition
Nova Scotians are understandably worried about disruptions at Capital Health. With wait times as long as they are, no one wants to hear that their surgery has been cancelled. Nobody understands the human element of health care better than workers themselves, who see the challenges of the system daily as they care for us. The decision to go on strike is not taken lightly.
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