23 Mar Federal Budget Offers No Help For Nova Scotia’s Underfunded Healthcare System

The 2017 Federal budget includes no significant new expenditures on healthcare and will implement former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s potentially catastrophic changes to the Canadian Health Transfer (CHT). The CHT is the mechanism that the federal government uses to fund part of the cost of universal healthcare in Canada and is crucial in ensuring that Canadians across the country are able to access similar levels of care. 2017-2018 will mark the first year since 2004 that the transfer’s annual increase will be less than 6%. The 3% increase in the CHT announced today means that federal funding will not keep pace...

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09 Feb Canada’s Health Coalitions Call for United Health Accord

Federal Government Must Return to the Negotiation Table Canada’s universal health care system requires federal vision and federal leadership. A health accord should unite the country in recommitting to our shared vision, encourage the scaling up of best practices, and implementing national standards to ensure that no matter where Canadians live they can access high quality public health care on equitable terms for all based on our health system's foundational principles of equity and compassion. Given the current state of negotiations between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, we, Canada’s national, provincial and territorial health coalitions are deeply concerned about the future...

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25 Jan Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by government’s P3 plans

Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by government’s P3 plans HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is alarmed by today’s announcement by the Nova Scotia government that they will hire consultants to evaluate the business case for using Public-Private Partnership (P3) funding and management models to replace the old VG Hospital site in Halifax. “After over three decades of failed private funding deals, we have overwhelming evidence that this model just doesn’t work,” Health Coalition coordinator Chris Parsons said. “There’s no business case to be made for these funding schemes. In the end, they cost more and deliver less,” he added. In 2014...

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31 Oct Nova Scotia Health Coalition Endorses Canadian Federation of Students’ Day of Action

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is proud to endorse the Canadian Federation of Students' 2016 Day of Action for universal access to education. The Health Coalition believes that universal access to public services is a basic right and opposes user fees on public services. Education, like healthcare, should be accessible to all people based on their needs, not based on what province they live in or how much money they have in their pockets. The erosion of public services in Canada has been ongoing for decades and we are excited to see a new generation fighting back against user fees and privitization....

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