31 May May 31/11 – Media Release: Make Telehealth Public
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Health Network Launches Online Campaign to Make Telehealth Public
Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network launched a new online campaign this morning calling on the provincial government to stop privatization and make Telehealth public.
“The previous government gave our Telehealth service to a private, for-profit provider,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network. “When the contract expires in 2012, Telehealth should be brought under the public health care system.”
Telehealth is an important service – dialling 811 gives you immediate access to medical advise from a Registered Nurse. The Health Network supported the creation of the Telehealth service and it was also recommended in the Romanow report.
Individuals can visit the Health Network’s website and send a letter to the Minister of Health and Wellness and opposition Health Critics about Telehealth. For more background information or to send a letter go to http://bit.ly/iTwh5n
The first goal for this online campaign is 100 letters. The Health Network will provide periodic updates as to the status of this campaign.
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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.