31 Mar Media Release: 25th Anniversary of the Canada Health Act

Monday, 30 March 2009
25 Years After The Canada Health Act, Politicians Are Undermining Public Health Care

Halifax, NS – April 1st, 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Canada Health Act which was adopted in 1984 by the Trudeau government.  The CHA was passed unanimously by the House of Commons.

In the 25 years since the CHA was adopted, politicians have allowed the equality inherit in the Act to be undermined by a creeping privatization campaign.

“Today, there are well over 100 private, for-profit clinics around the country.  Many of these clinics are suspected of violating of the Canada Health Act,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “The Stephen Harper government is refusing to enforce the provisions of Act and shut down the private, for-profit clinics.”

The provincial government has also allowed violations of the CHA, which jeopardises Nova Scotia’s federal funding for public health care.

“We suspect the private, for-profit MRI clinic in Nova Scotia is in violation of the CHA because it sells advanced access to insured services,” says Buott.  “Rodney MacDonald is taking a risk by allowing the clinic to continue to operate because the federal government can claw back federal funding if the provincial violates the Act.”

The Health Network believes that Nova Scotia needs to enshrine the 5 principles of the Canada Health Act, Universality, Accessibility, Portability, Comprehensiveness, and Public Administration, in provincial legislation.  This is the first point in a 12-point platform the Health Network released last year that is designed to protect the public health care system.  Copies of the 12-point platform are available online at www.nshealthcoalition.ca.


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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
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.