11 Feb FACT CHECK: 5% Cut to Hospitals

Friday, 11 February 2011

The government says they want to improve health care.  Better care sooner[1], they say.

So why is the government planning to cut funding for hospitals[2]?  And what would a 5% cut over three years mean for our hospitals?  See for yourself.

District Health Authorities Budgets[3]

 

District Health Authority 2010-2011 Budget Estimate 5% of 2010-2011 Budget
South Shore District Health Authority $62.606 million $3.13 million
Southwest Nova District Health Authority $73.787 million $3.69 million
Annapolis Valley District Health Authority $101.460 million $5.07 million
Colchester East Hants District Health Authority $60.779 million $3.04 million
Cumberland Health Authority $48.968 million $2.45 million
Pictou County Health Authority $61.624 million $3.08 million
Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority $61.662 million $3.08 million
Cape Breton District Health Authority $231.743 million $11.59 million
Capital District HealthAuthority $663.027 million $33.15 million
IWK Health Centre $185.950 million $9.30 million
TOTAL Proposed Cuts    $77.58 million over three years

 

So tell us, how exactly would $77.58 million in cuts to hospitals deliver better care sooner?

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.

 


[3] Budget numbers from the 2010-2011 Supplementary Estimates.  5% calculations are our own.