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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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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