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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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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30 Apr Health Advocates to Rally at Liberal AGM

Halifax (April 30/15) Health care advocates will rally outside the location of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party’s annual general meeting to voice their concerns about the further privatization of home support services. Patients, concerned citizens, and health professionals are gathering to confront the Liberals, calling on them to protect care and care givers. Advocates will be joined by civil servants and others who are displeased by the recent provincial budget. What: A rally protesting  further privatization of home care services, and cuts to public and social services to vulnerable populations. Who: Nova Scotians concerned about the future of public health care including health...

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10 Feb Release: NS Could Eliminate Ambulance Fees for $9.7m

Sign the petition!  http://chn.ge/1CQO9tn   For immediate release Nova Scotia Could Eliminate Ambulance Fees for $9.7 million: 1 in 4 Atlantic Canadians Deterred by Cost Halifax, NS –The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is calling for the province to eliminate ambulance fees entirely, a move they say would cost only $9.7 million per year and lead to longer term savings. Further evidence for this long overdue step comes from a recent investigation by CBC’s The Marketplace which has found that 19% of Canadians are deterred from using ambulances due to their cost. In Atlantic Canada, that figure increases to 23%. “No one should have to pay to...

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