21 Nov Nov 21/11 – Media Release: Health Network Launches Billboard

Monday, 21 November 2011
For Immediate Release
Nov 21, 2011

Health Network Launches Billboard Campaign

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and affiliates have launched a billboard on the 2014 Health Accord.  Located at the corner of Gottingen and Almon, the billboard poses a very simple question “Will Medicare Cover the Services We Need?”  A full image the billboard can be viewed at http://2014HealthAccord.ca.

“2014 may sound like it is far away but negotiations are starting now. To make sure we protect, strengthen and extend public health care in 2014, people need to get involved,” says Buott.

“On Nov 24 and 25, provincial health ministers from across the country will be meeting in Halifax to begin preparing for negotiations on the 2014 Health Accord,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “This billboard is just one way of raising awareness around the Health Accord and making sure that patients needs are put first.”

The Health Network is hosting a town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov 24 to develop a people’s agenda for the 2014 Health Accord.  The keynote address will be delivered by Maude Barlow, author, activist and National chairperson of the Council of Canadians.  The event will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church Hall, 6063 Coburg Road.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and the event begins at 6:30.

This town hall is the third in a series of town halls being organized by the Health Network.  The first two were held in Yarmouth and Sydney and more are being planned for the South Shore, Valley and in Pictou County.

There will also be a rally at 12:00 noon on Friday, Nov 25 at Victoria Park.

“2014 may sound like it is far away but negotiations are starting now. To make sure we protect, strengthen and extend public health care in 2014, people need to get involved,” says Buott.

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For more information please contact:

Kyle Buott

Coordinator

Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network

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.