29 Mar Media Release: Budget 2008 Fails to Protect Public Health Care

Friday, 28 March 2008

Provincial Budget Fails to Protect Public Health Care

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is disappointed to see that the 2008-2009 provincial budget does not seek to protect the public health care system by bringing the existing private, for profit, health clinics into the public health care system.

“The MacDonald government had an opportunity to show it is serious about protecting and strengthening the public health care system by bringing the existing private, for-profit clinics into the public system,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “Instead they decided to continue to turn a blind eye to privatization and the violations of the Canada Health Act that are occurring in Nova Scotia.”

Other provinces, like Ontario and Manitoba, have bought out private clinics that threatened to undermine the single-tier health care system in their provinces.

“Ontario and Manitoba bought out private MRI clinics and Surgical Clinics that were violating the Canada Health Act and undermining the public health care system,” says Buott.  “Why does the MacDonald government refuse to protect the public health care system?”

The Health Network is organizing a Day of Action for this coming Saturday, May 3rd, to demand the government bring the two existing private clinics into the public health care system and use public sector solutions to solve the problems in the health care system.  Events are planned in over 15 communities around the province.

“Around the province, citizens and community organizations are urging the provincial government to take a stand in defense of the public health care system,” says Buott.  “The MacDonald government needs to bring the existing private, for-profit clinics into the public system and stop any future growth of two-tiered health care in Nova Scotia.”

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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.