25 Mar March 25/10 – Media Release: Spring Legislative Session

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Health Network Outlines Policy Agenda for Spring Session

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is calling on all MLAs and political parties to take action to protect and improve public health care in this session of the Legislature.

“It is high time that we saw action protecting our public health care system from privatization,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.

In a letter from Premier Darrell Dexter prior to the 2009 election, the NDP promised that if elected they would enshrine the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation. In meetings the Health Network held with each of the parties over the Fall and Winter, no party said they were opposed to such legislation.

“Enshrining the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation is not a controversial move and we want to see this legislation brought forward in a timely fashion, ideally with unanimous support in the House of Assembly,” says Buott.

In addition to new legislation, the Health Network also urged each of the parties to take action on the following issues:

– Ending the fee-for-service model of physician compensation

– Increasing the use of Nurse Practitioners

– Creating a bulk-purchasing program for prescription drugs

– Ending privatization in acute and long-term care

– Strengthening the Children’s Oral Health Program

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

Work – (902) 406-9422

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.