26 Oct Oct 26/10 – Media Release: John Ross Report

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Health Network generally pleased with report, concerned with funding model

Halifax, NS – The Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network is pleased with the release of Dr. John Ross’ report on Emergency Care.  The report tackles several areas highlighted by the Health Network, including community health centres, increasing the use of nurse practitioners and health care teams, addressing ambulance fees, and physician compensation.

“Dr. Ross’ report serves a good starting point for transforming our health care system,” says Kyle Buott, provincial coordinator of the Nova Scotia Citizens’ Health Care Network.  “Most importantly, the report recognizes the need to focus on preventative and primary care through Community Health Centres.”

One troubling aspect of the report is the call for a funding formula called “payment by performance”.  The report references changes taking place in Britain, Ontario and British Columbia.  The report does not elaborate on what exactly it means by “payment by performance”.

“We believe our hospitals should receive universal funding to provide a wide array of services,” says Buott.  “While we need to address physicians compensation, we should be doing so by eliminating the fee-for-service model which is a disservice to patients and physicians.”

There are major changes proposed in the report, including around ER services in rural areas, the Department of Health should immediate conduct a series of town hall meetings to explain the report and respond to questions from communities.

The Health Network looks forward to the Department of Health’s comments on the report and will seek to express our concerns to the Minister at the earliest possible moment.

 

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For more information please contact:
Kyle Buott

Coordinator

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.