26 Sep Nova Scotia Health Coalition Launches New Campaign Against Private Healthcare Deals

The Nova Scotia Health Coalition launched its new province-wide campaign against for-profit deals to replace hospitals and other public healthcare infrastructure today. The campaign, Private Deals, Proven Failures, includes province wide television ads which begin running Monday night. The campaign highlights private funding deals’ proven record of failure when used to finance and build public infrastructure. “Public buildings like hospitals, schools and libraries are the centres our communities and we should make sure that Nova Scotians, not-for-profit companies, own and control them,” said Chris Parsons, the Coalition’s Provincial Coordinator. “From the P3 schools in Nova Scotia to hospitals in England, we have over two...

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29 Jul ACE Recommendations on Long Term Care

Earlier this month Advocates for Care of the Elderly (ACE) met with Health Minister Leo Glavine to express their concerns with the crisis in longterm care in Nova Scotia. ACE are not affiliated with the Nova Scotia Health Coalition but they graciously allowed us to share the report that they presented to the minister and departmental officials. ACE's report is an excellent overview of the state of longterm care and is a must-read for anyone concerned about public healthcare and longterm care in the province. Click here to read ACE's July briefing to the Minister of Health....

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18 Jul Parking Fees in Nova Scotia

Why do hospitals charge for parking? Most hospitals in Canada are not-for-profit, and the medicare system in Canada is meant to ensure that healthcare is free. However, healthcare in Nova Scotia is severely underfunded, and though our hospitals receive the majority of funding from the provincial government, they are forced to make up shortfalls with user fees and passing costs on to patients. One such cost is parking fees. Why do we need to eliminate parking fees? In the past few years, hospital parking fees have risen across Nova Scotia, costing Nova Scotians on average three dollars per hour they spend seeking treatment or visiting loved...

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11 Jul Federal Lobby Meetings

In late May we met with five members of parliament from across Nova Scotia. Health Coalition volunteers, staff and board members met with Bernadette Jordan, Bill Casey, Geoff Reagan, Andy Fillmore and Darrell Sampson as part of a nationwide coordinated lobby week. We had five major priorities: The need for the federal government to negotiate a new national Health Accord with the provinces to replace the previous accord which expired in 2014. A new Health Accord would ensure that all Canadian have access to high quality public healthcare regardless of where they live or how much money is in their pocket. The...

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07 Jul Staffing changes at the NS Health Coalition

There have been some changes in staffing at the Nova Scotia Health Coalition.   June was Katelyn Armstrong’s last month with the Coalition. Katelyn was our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator and was instrumental in the success of our 2015 federal election campaign. As anyone who volunteered with us knows, Katelyn’s energy, commitment and general good cheer have helped define the Coalition for the last year and we were lucky to have her.   In May Chris Parsons joined the coalition as our new Provincial Coordinator. Chris has been involved in political organizing in Halifax for over a decade and before coming to the Coalition he...

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12 Aug All-Candidates Debate and AGM Sept. 20

When: September 20, 2015 Where: Best Western Bridgewater, 527 Highway 10 Exit 12 Annual General Meeting: 10am-12pm All-Candidates Debate: 1pm-2.30pm The Nova Scotia Health Coalition is hosting an All-Candidates debate on health and inequality with Federal election candidates running in South Shore-St. Margaret's. This debate is free for all to attend! This debate focuses on key health care issues, such as a national drug plan, seniors care, a new health accord, eliminating poverty, as well as health care for refugees. The event will be moderated by Dave Stephens, the News Director at Lighthouse Now! The debate will follow our Annual General Meeting. To RSVP for the AGM please send...

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