20 Apr Media Release: Health Network Launches New Website, Pre-Election Campaign

Monday, 20 April 2009

Health Network Launches New Website, Pre-election Campaign

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network launched a new website this morning as part of their pre-election campaign.  From this new website, individuals can send a letter opposing health care privatization to the Minister of Heath and opposition critics.  The web address remains the same, www.nshealthcoalition.ca.

“We anticipate a provincial election in the coming weeks,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “We encourage folks to visit www.nsheathcoaliton.ca and send a letter to the Minister of Health and opposition critics demanding action to stop for-profit health care.”

The coming provincial election is an excellent time to raise concerns around privatization because the government recently gave a contract worth about $19.5 million over 3 years to a private, for-profit company, McKesson Canada, to operate the Telecare service in the province.  The service is expected to handle about 100,000 calls per year.  This translate to $650 per call.

“The current government has allowed, and even facilitated, for-profit privatization in Nova Scotia,” says Buott.  “In addition to privatizing the Telecare service, they also have allowed two private, for-profit clinics to open while they have been in power.”

Visitors to the website can click on “Take Action” where they can either send a form letter to the Minister or write their own letter.

“We are aiming to send 150 letters to the Minister of Health before the election begins, so it is very important that individuals take a moment to send off a letter and voice their concern about for-profit health care,” says Buott.

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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.