20 Nov Media Release: Including Midwifery Under Public System Good Step

Monday, 19 November 2007

Halifax, NS – Including midwifery under the public health care system is a step in the right direction says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“For too long the provincial government has been removing services from the list of publicly insured health services and requiring people to pay out-of-pocket for so-called ‘uninsured’ services,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “It is great to see the government adding to the list of publicly funded health services.”

Midwifery is an excellent example of team approaches to health issues.  By building good relationships with mothers and including pre and post natal care, midwifery can improve the health of both the mother and the child, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and healthy birth in collaboration with physicians and other health care workers.

“Midwifery is a great form of preventative care and can help towards reducing the strain on our health care system,” says Buott.  “Also, by using a team approach to pregnancy we can reduce inefficiencies in the health care system leading to shorter wait times and a higher quality of care.”

“The provincial government should continue to increase the scope of services available under the public health care plan, including services such as prescription drugs and dental care,” says Buott.  “Also, extending a team approach to more areas like surgery other forms of preventative care would greatly help to reduce wait times in the public system.”

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott
W – 406-9422

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 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 non-partisan and receives no government funding.