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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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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