13 Nov Media Release: Government must release Scotia Surgery profit margins

Thursday, 13 November 2008 Network demands Province release Scotia Surgery profit margins

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network has written today to the Minister of Health demanding the Minister release the profit margin for Scotia Surgery on its contract with the government.

“The people of Nova Scotia should know how much of their health care dollars are going to private profit and not to care,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Any money going to private profits is money not going to the public system to help more people.”

The Department of Health’s officials weren’t able to answer questions about the private clinic’s profit margins on this contract in yesterday’s Public Accounts meeting.  They told the committee they didn’t ask about the profit margin at all when creating the contract.

“The provincial government should be strengthening our public health care system and building capacity, instead they decided to create a Public-Private Partnership (P3) and they are not even sure how much profit this private clinic is making,” says Buott.  “That is simply unacceptable.”

The Health Network believes the contract with Scotia Surgery should be cancelled and the private, for-profit clinic should be bought out and turned into a state-of-the-art publicly owned and operated surgical clinic as has been done in other provinces.

“Other provinces like Manitoba and Ontario have brought the private, for-profit clinics into the public system to help build capacity, Nova Scotia should be looking to do the same thing,” says Buott.

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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.