06 Oct Media Release – Health Network releases ground-breaking report, holds Day of Action

Monday, 06 October 2008 Health Network releases ground-breaking report, holds day of action

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network, along with health coalitions across the country, released a new, ground-breaking report today called “Eroding Public Medicare: Lessons and Consequences of For-Profit Health Care Across Canada” – combined with a Day of Action in 8 communities around the province.  The report will be launched at a press conference at 10:00 am at the corner of Lacewood and Dunbrack, in front of the private MRI clinic.

The new report is over 150 pages long and documents the growth of private, for-profit diagnostic, surgical and “boutique” clinics across the country.  It also outlines suspected violations of the Canada Health Act.

“When we began this research in late 2007, we could never have anticipated the results we found,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “We have found 130 private, for-profit diagnostic, surgical and “boutique” clinics around the country and have enough evidence to outline 89 suspected violations of the Canada Health Act across 5 different provinces.”

The report found that in areas with higher density of private, for-profit clinics, the public health care system suffered from longer wait times and staff poaching from public hospitals.

“The findings of the report should serve as a warning – public health care is being eroded and the equality inherent in the system is threatened,” says Buott.  “This report is not just facts and figures, it is a call to action to stop and recede the growth of private, for-profit health care in Canada.”

The Health Network is also holding a day of action today to encourage voters to “VOTE MEDICARE”.  Actions are taking place in 8 communities around the province including Halifax, Tatamagouche, Truro, New Glasgow, Wolfville, Yarmouth, Antigonish, and Glace Bay.

“As our report shows, the Stephen Harper government, like the Liberals before them, have failed in their role as stewards of the principles of the Canada Health Act,” says Buott.  “A Harper majority would be devastating for the public health care system in Canada.”

For a complete list of events please see our website.  A copy of the report can be downloaded here http://www.nshealthcoalition.ca/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=18&Itemid=99999999

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For more information contact:

Kyle Buott
Coordinator
Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network
C – (902) 478-0239
kyle@nshealthcoalition.ca