Published in The Chronicle Herald March 6th, 2013 By John Hutton and Adrienne Silnicki
It is disappointing that NDP Health Minister Dave Wilson has chosen to renew a government contract with Scotia Surgery. The contract, worth $1 million to the for-profit clinic to perform 500 surgeries per year, raises a lot of unanswered questions. Beyond [...]
Continue reading March 6/12 Op-Ed- Pay More, Get Less: Private health care wrong way to go
Published in the Chronicle Herald, October 31st, 2012 By Bill Swan, Board Member of the NS Citizen’s Health Care Network
“If we can’t afford public care, we sure as hell can’t afford private care,” Canadian health policy expert Raisa Deber quipped during a meeting some years ago in Toronto. It is one of the [...]
Continue reading Oct. 31/12 – Op-ed: Stop the drift to private care by protecting public system
Printed in the Chronicle Herald on July 26, 2012
Premiers, Protect Public Health Care By Kyle Buott and Adrienne Silnicki
By 2014, the federal, provincial and territorial governments were supposed to negotiate a new Health Accord, an agreement that spells out how much support Ottawa will provide to make sure Canadians across the country [...]
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Then it is time to tackle some of the inefficiencies in our health care system, including fee-for-service payments for physicians. Nova Scotia is already a national leader in promoting alternative payment plans (APP) for physicians; indeed, more than 30 per cent of our physicians are already on an APP. Getting physicians off fee-for-service helps stabilize physicians’ incomes and encourages them to spend more time with patients, as it removes the financial incentive to rush patients through.
Continue reading April 14/10 – Opinion Editorial: Progressive Agenda Vital
This article is about a campaign by the North Shore CItizns’ Health Committee, a local committee of the Health Network, to keep their Emergency Room open and bring a nurse practitioner to the community. It was printed in the Chronicle Herald on May 28th, 2008.
Continue reading Newspaper Column: ER Closures in Tatamagouche
Promoters of privatization have an ideology that they want to force on the rest of us. It doesn’t matter if universal coverage is cheaper and leads to better life expectancy. They’d rather get you angry and try to convince you that paying more money to insurance companies for less effective health care is in your best interest.
Continue reading Newspaper Column: Private sector top cost driver for health care