12 Dec Funding Double Cochlear Implants Good Step

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Funding double cochlear implants important step forward, says Health Network

Halifax, NS – The provincial government’s announcement that they will cover double cochlear implants for individuals with profound hearing loss in both ears is a step in the right direction says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“Covering this medically necessary treatment is a step in the right direction,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Whenever the government increases the number of insured services Nova Scotians stand to benefit.”

Despite the important announcement, there is still much work for the government to do when it comes to hearing and speech therapy.

“Wait times for access to hearing and speech specialists are still far too long and the majority of people affected by these waiting lists are children,” says Buott.  “The government should take action to recruit and retain more specialists which means protecting the right to bargain collectively and the right to strike to ensure compensation packages are competitive with the rest of the country.  The Government should scrap its plans to take away the right to strike from 32,000 workers.”

Overall the government needs to make Medicare more comprehensive to ensure everyone in the province has access to medically necessary services.

“There are many other services that are medically necessary that the government is not covering.  From prescription drugs to dental care and eye care, too many Nova Scotians go without medically necessary services because of inability to pay,” says Buott.  “Medicare needs to move into Phase Two and become a truly universal, all-encompassing program.”

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
(902) 406-9422

 

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 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.