25 Nov Nov 25/11 – Media Release: TODAY: Rally to Protect Medicare

Friday, 25 November 2011

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2011

TODAY: Rally to Protect, Strengthen, Extend Medicare

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network and the Council of Canadians invite the public to participate in today’s rally to protect, strengthen and extend Medicare.  The rally is at Victoria Park (corner of Spring Garden and South Park) in Halifax and will start at 12:00 noon.  The rally will hear from national and local speakers as well as an open mic section.

The Health Network calls on Nova Scotia Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, and other provincial health ministers to: Protect, Strengthen and Extend Medicare.

Provincial and territorial health ministers are meeting in Halifax to begin preparing for the 2014 Health Accord negotiations.  Yesterday, health care activists from across the country held a press conference to welcome the health ministers to Halifax and demand they take action to protect, strengthen and extend Medicare.  Later in the evening, over 200 people packed into St. Andrew’s Church Hall to learn more about the 2014 Health Accord.

“As Health Ministers gather here in Halifax we want to send a clear message, in 2014 it’s time to Protect, Strengthen and Extend Medicare,” says Angela Giles, Chair of the Health Network and Regional Organizer of the Council of Canadians.

The Health Network calls on Nova Scotia Health Minister Maureen MacDonald, and other provincial health ministers to:

–       Protect Medicare by stopping the growth of private, for-profit health care

–       Strengthen Medicare through increased federal funding and new national standards

–       Extend Medicare to include important health care services Canadians need, like pharmacare, continuing care and dental care.

“We have a once in a decade opportunity to make lasting improvements to public health care,” says Kyle Buott, Coordinator of the Health Network.  “Public involvement is key to ensuring patients needs are put first in these negotiations.”

 

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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.