03 Oct Release: Health Network Announces Election Report Card

For immediate release Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network published an election report card, grading all four of the political parties on their healthcare platforms. The Green Party received the highest grade of a “B.” The NDP ranked second with a grade of C+, followed by the Liberals at C-, and the PC’s with a D-. Parties were marked based on their platforms and on their responses to a questionnaire. The Health Network issued a final grade, as well grade for 6 key areas: Vision, Opposition to Privatization, Health Delivery, Access to Care, Pharmacare, and Patient Centred Care. “The results are...

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25 Sep Release: Health Network Publishes Names of Pro-Public Health Candidates

For immediate release   Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network published a complete list of candidates that signed onto its Health Care Champion Pledge.The pledge was sent to all candidates running in the provincial election. By signing it, candidates acknowledged the dangers of privatizing health care and affirmed their commitment to ensuring Nova Scotians have access to comprehensive public health care and to uphold the values of the Canada Health Act.   All fifty one candidates for the NDP signed the pledge. Twenty Seven Liberal candidates signed on, including leader Stephen McNeil and health critic Leo Glavine. Only one member of...

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04 Sep Media Release: Health Network Announces 11 Steps to Best Health System in Canada

For Immediate Release: Halifax, NS -The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network launched a 12-point platform for protecting, strengthening, and extending public health care in Nova Scotia. Each item is a cost-saving or low-cost item which will make public health care work better and provide better care for Nova Scotians. The Network is calling on all parties to “steal” these ideas in their election platforms. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” says James Hutt, provincial coordinator of the Health Network. “To improve the health care system, expand services that help communities thrive and keep people healthy in the...

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16 Aug MEDIA RELEASE: NS Health Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health

August 16, 2013, MEDIA RELEASE:   Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network Applauds NDP’s Commitment to Children’s Health. Halifax, NS - The Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network applauds the Nova Scotia New Democrat’s announcement today that it will expand dental coverage yearly up to age 17. Coming on the heels of an April announcement that increased the age to 12 and under, this later change will increasing the age of coverage incrementally over 4 years until all children 17 and under are covered. “This is a major victory” said Lee Seymour, Chair of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. “Oral health is...

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24 Jul 25/7/13 Media Release: Photo OPP – Public Health Care is on the Line

July 25/13 - MEDIA RELEASE   Public Health Care is on the Line   Halifax, NS - The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is displaying a visual representation of what's at stake for public health care in Nova Scotia, outside the IWK Hospital on University Avenue, at 12pm. The 2004 Health Accord has nearly expired and the premiers have not yet signed a Health Accord for 2014. The display is timed to coincide with the Council of the Federation meetings in Niagara on the Lake, where Canada's premiers are currently meeting. The Health Network is urging the premiers to discuss the 2014 Health Accord at length and take...

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12 Jun 6/12 Media Release: Health Network Applauds SRS Coverage and Calls to Remove Remaining Barriers

Halifax, NS - The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network applauds the NS government’s decision to cover sex reassignment surgery (SRS). We congratulate the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project (NSRAP), Trans*form Health Care, and all other allies who have worked diligently to secure the rights to healthcare for everyone.  Furthermore, we call upon the Nova Scotia government remove all remaining barriers to receiving SRS. “Access to these procedures will mean a lot to transgender Nova Scotians, who have long had to make the tough choice of paying out of pocket, moving to another province, or simply not getting surgery,” says James...

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