20 Dec Dec 20/11 – Media Release: Harper Government is Cutting Medicare Funding

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

For Immediate Release
December 20, 2011

 

Harper Government is Cutting Medicare Funding

Halifax, NS – Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty are cutting funding for public health care by $21 billion over eight years from 2016-2024[1].  That’s the Christmas gift awaiting millions of Canadians who will find their public health care system under-funded and unable to meet their needs, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The Conservatives have unilaterally decided to cut funding for Medicare by about $21 billion over the course of the next Health Accord,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Without any negotiations, or even discussions, with the provinces, the Conservatives have decided to hack away at funding for public health care.”
The Conservatives are trying to eliminate the federal role in health care, and provinces like Nova Scotia stand to lose the most.  Instead of hacking away at public health care all levels of government should:

–       Protect Medicare by stopping and reversing for-profit privatization across the country.

–       Strengthen Medicare through new national standards and increasing federal funding to 50% of public health care costs.

–       Extend Medicare to include the important health care services Canadians need including Pharmacare, dental and vision care, mental health care and continuing care.

 

“The Conservatives unilateral decision to cut funding for public health care will have a dramatic effect on patients who will see the quality of their health care deteriorate,” says Buott.

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[1] According to Dwight Duncan, Finance Minister of Ontario, cbc.ca/news/politics….

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Cell – (902) 478-0239

 

 

About the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network:

 

Formed in 1996, the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network’s goal is to stop the privatization of the public health care system, ensure high levels of care, and create a forum for people and communities to discuss issues in health care.

The Network is a coalition of local health committees, community groups, organized labour, faith groups and individuals dedicated to protecting and advancing public health care to include services like pharmacare, dental care and long-term and home care.

The Network is political but non-partisan and receives no government funding.