11 Feb Release: Federal Budget Bleeds Provincial Health Systems

For immediate release Feb 11, 2013   Federal Budget Bleeds Provincial Health Systems   Halifax, NS - The federal budget tabled today in the House of Commons aims at balance by drastic cuts to Canada’s public health system, say the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network. The budget passed up a number of opportunities to improve care nationwide, and marks a further step in the federal government’s abandonment of responsibility for health care.   Canadians were promised a universal pharmacare plan in 2004 that would expand drug coverage and save $10.7 billion dollars. That has yet to materialize. Without a national aging strategy, provinces are left to...

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30 Sep Media Advisory: Health Network to Grade Party Platforms

Media Advisory- Photo Opportunity September 30, 2013 Health Network to Grade Parties’ Health Care Platforms The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is hosting a press conference on Thursday, October 3rd, to announce the group's rating of each political party's positions related to public health care. Thursday, October 3rd 11am Joanna B. Oosterveld Centre 2103 Gottingen Street Ratings are based on details in the respective platforms as well as responses to a questionnaire the Network distributed to each party at the beginning of the current campaign. Members of the Health Network will be joined by the chair and the new Executive Director of the North End Community Clinic. The...

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25 Sep NS Candidates – Health Care Champions

Health Care Champion Pledge   I, _____________________________, candidate in the 62nd General Election in Nova Scotia, believe in a robust public health care system, where patients are treated based on their need, not on their ability to pay.     I agree that: Privatization does not create health care workers; it poaches health care workers to work in private for-profit institutions, draining resources and increasing wait times. Privatization hurts poor communities as for-profit medicine is concerned with making profits and not the needs of small populations Privatization hurts all Nova Scotians through increased costs, lower safety standards, and reduced access.     I pledge to: Uphold the values of the...

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16 Sep Election 2013 – Key Issues

Key Issues Brief - September 2013  You're in luck! We've highlighted the 11 key issues and laid out the best policy options. We've just released our latest issue brief just in time for the provincial election. Want to know what the pressing challenges, the biggest opportunities or how to ask candidates about their platforms? Click here to see a concise overview. And check out our new election website: www.votepublichealthcare.ca for even more info and tools! We've got you covered. ...

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22 Apr Letter to the Editor: Health Council demise a sign

Published in The Chronicle Herald April 21, 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s decision to cut the Health Council of Canada should clear any lingering doubts: the federal government has abandoned all responsibility for health care and is turning its back on the provinces as they struggle to pick up the pieces. The council provided accountability and promoted consistent quality of care, nationwide. The Harper government’s rationale for axing the council is that with next year’s expiry of the intergovernmental health agreements, “there is no longer a need” for it to monitor progress. But why does Harper not intend to renew national health care agreements?
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05 Apr 4/5 Media Release: Health Network Welcomes New Budget: Still Much More to Be Done for Public Health Care

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizen's Health Care Network is pleased with the provincial budget tabled yesterday in the legislature. The government has provided funding for key initiatives to give Nova Scotians better public health care. Universal dental care was extended for children from age 10 to 13, insulin pumps will be funded for children aged 19 and under, there are new funds for an eating disorders program at the IWK in Halifax, and the budget expands mental health funding.
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