31 Mar March 31/11 – Media Release: Time for Action to Protect Public Health Care
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Time for Action to Protect Public Health Care
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network welcomes Members of the Legislative Assembly back to Provincial House today and urges immediate action to protect public health care.
“As MLAs return to the House today we urge them to enshrine the Canada Health Act in provincial legislation, protecting public health care for everyone,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network.
The Health Network has been pushing the province to enshrine the five principles of the Canada Health Act – Public Administration, Universality, Comprehensiveness, Accessibility and Portability – in provincial law. Prior to the last provincial election the NDP reaffirmed their support for enshrining the Act. Health Network activists have held events, run postcard campaigns and organized phone call potlucks to press the issue.
“In 2001, then Health Critic, now Premier Darrell Dexter introduced the Protection of Medicare Act, which would have enshrined the principles of the Canada Health Act in provincial law,” says Ian Johnson, Vice Chair of the Health Network. “The easiest way to protect public health care is to bring this piece of legislation back to the House.”
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For more information please contact:
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.