26 May Where do the Parties Stand on Health Care?

    Health care is in Crisis. What would each party do to address it? Over the last few months health care workers and patients have described the conditions in our health care system as a crisis. Doctors Nova Scotia pointed to the inadequate number of doctors in the province, NSGEU highlighted the non-stop crisis in our province's overcrowded emergency rooms, 600 concerned citizens packed a Sydney Gymnasium demanding action from politicians, and the Digby Area Health Coalition released a detailed and shocking report showing the impact of inadequate care and exploring why doctors keep leaving their community. On election day we want to make sure...

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18 May Digby Area Health Coalition Reports

On May 16, 2017 our friends in the Digby Area Health Coalition released two detailed reports about how public health care works in their community. These reports should be read by anyone interested in health care in Nova Scotia as they paint a detailed, shocking picture of what health care in one community looks like and how the choices governments make impact the lives of every day people. The DAHC have allowed us to share their research here and you can download them by clicking on the links below. The first report was conducted by two graduate students and included interviews with dozens...

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09 Feb Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for United Health Accord

Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table Canada’s universal health care system requires federal vision and federal leadership. A health accord should unite the country in recommitting to our shared vision, encourage the scaling up of best practices, and implementing national standards to ensure that no matter where Canadians live they can access high quality public health care on equitable terms for all based on our health system's foundational principles of equity and compassion. Given the current state of negotiations between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, we, Canada’s national, provincial and territorial health coalitions are deeply concerned about the future...

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29 Jul ACE Recommendations on Long Term Care

Earlier this month Advocates for Care of the Elderly (ACE) met with Health Minister Leo Glavine to express their concerns with the crisis in longterm care in Nova Scotia. ACE are not affiliated with the Nova Scotia Health Coalition but they graciously allowed us to share the report that they presented to the minister and departmental officials. ACE's report is an excellent overview of the state of longterm care and is a must-read for anyone concerned about public healthcare and longterm care in the province. Click here to read ACE's July briefing to the Minister of Health....

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18 Jul Parking Fees in Nova Scotia

Why do hospitals charge for parking? Most hospitals in Canada are not-for-profit, and the medicare system in Canada is meant to ensure that healthcare is free. However, healthcare in Nova Scotia is severely underfunded, and though our hospitals receive the majority of funding from the provincial government, they are forced to make up shortfalls with user fees and passing costs on to patients. One such cost is parking fees. Why do we need to eliminate parking fees? In the past few years, hospital parking fees have risen across Nova Scotia, costing Nova Scotians on average three dollars per hour they spend seeking treatment or visiting loved...

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03 Oct Election Report Card

Click here for the full 2013 Election Report Card with detailed evaluation. Overview: 2013 Election Survey: Vision: 1. Please describe your party’s platform on Health Care. 2.If elected, would your party commit to proclaiming Bill 144 – the Insured Health Services Act, to protect public health care? 3. If elected, would your party fight for a new health accord? How would you respond to the looming $36 billion federal cut?’ Privatization: 4.If elected, would your party allow any additional privatization in health care? 5. If elected, would your party reverse existing privatization in health care (The 2 private, for-profit clinics, the Telecare contract, for-profit long-term care facilities)? Health Delivery 6. How...

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