03 Nov Media Release: Increases in Long-Term Care Fees

Monday, 03 November 2008

Long-Term Care Fee increases show need for public system

Halifax, NS – Today’s announcement by the provincial government on the fee increase for residents living in long term care facilities and other community-based options, shows that Nova Scotia’s mix and match long-term care system is inadequate, says the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.

“The rising costs associated with long-term care show that we need a fully publicly-run system to care for the elderly,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “In the midst of an economic crisis, incomes are failing and investments are turning sour, even a slight increase in fees will be a burden on residents.”

The increase of $7.50 per day for the standard nursing home fee results in an annual increase of over $2,700 per year.   Though senior’s are somewhat protected by public subsidies for health care costs and being able to keep a portion of their incomes, we are failing in our mandate to care for the elderly.

“It is in these tough times that we need to band together for the public good and push for a more complete system,” says Buott.  “Seniors built this province and we need to be moving towards a strong, publicly-run long-term care system to ensure all Nova Scotians have the care they need when they need it.”

“Additional costs, whether they are called health care or accommodation, are still extra costs for seniors and their families, and these costs have to be controlled to protect individuals and their families,” says Buott.  “Only a publicly-funded, publicly-run system will be able to control costs adequately.”

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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.