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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25 Sep Press Conference Sept 29th, 1pm

Biggest Threat to Medicare - Dr. Day Legal Case Patients and public health care advocates call for care based on need, not ability to pay, as private clinic owner Dr. Brian Day and the province of British Columbia seek a settlement outside of the court to a constitutional challenge to Canadian public health care. Lawyer Steven Shrybman, counsel for the interveners BC Health Coalition and Canadian Doctors for Medicare, will be available via Skype for a high level briefing and update on the case.   What: Update and high level briefing on the court challenge to public health care Where: 2103 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS When: Monday September...

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17 Jun Press Release: Doctors, Community Members File Complaint against College of Physicians

Halifax, N.S. – Doctors and supporters of public health care held an information picket Tuesday morning at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia. Protestors gathered in front of the Bayers Road office to pass out leaflets and to file a formal complaint against the College. The picket was organized by the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network in response to the College’s recent decision to prepare to regulate private health care. “As a doctor, I’m deeply concerned by the college’s direction” said Timothy Bood, an emergency room physician and member of the Health Network. “Decades of research has...

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