15 Jan Media Release: Cancer Care Upgrades

Friday, 15 January 2010

Health Network Wants Federal Recommitment to Public Health Care

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is encouraged by the government’s investment in new Cancer Care facilities in Halifax and Sydney.

“Reducing wait times should be an important priority for government policy,” says Kyle Buott, Provincial Coordinator of the Health Network. “This was made possible by federal government involvement in funding for new equipment; this is the kind of initiative that the provincial government should be pushing the Feds to continue in the Spring budget.”

When Medicare was created, the federal government matched provincial spending on health care dollar for dollar, essentially 50%. After the federal budget cuts of the 1990s this reached a historic low of 16%. While this number has increased since then, federal funding for health care is still far too low to maintain a strong public health care system.

“The provincial government needs to work with its counter-parts around the country and push the federal government to recommit to health care in the Spring budget,” says Buott. “I urge Minister MacDonald to raise this issue at the cabinet table.”

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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.