Quality, Accessible Healthcare for Nova Scotia

Quality, Accessible Healthcare for Nova Scotia

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The current government was elected with a majority in 2017. They've had 2 years to fix this. Nothing was done. It's not just this government but all previous governments as well, regardless of party. Now the next election will be in 2021-2022 and with the current plan, any expansions will be just getting started. Construction will be started or about to be started. Good way to get re-elected don't you think?

Federal Equalization Payments - According to the Nova Scotia's Equalization Fairness Organization, the federal government pays Nova Scotia $1.838 billion (that's BILLION) in the form of equalization payments intended to keep each province on an even footing economically. This money is supposed to be distributed to each municipality based on population. PEI has a population of 146,283 people. Cape Breton Island has a population of 132.010 people. That's 14,273 people in the difference. Cape Breton Island (which is not a province) gets a total of $15 million for all it's municipalities from Halifax. Not an official town, but a village? - your loss. Cape Breton gets less that 1% of what PEI gets (Actually 0.77%). Now with only $15 million for Cape Breton Municipalities, the CBRM has no choice but to raise property and business taxes. compared to Halifax. Cape Breton Island should be getting $239 million - not $15 million, based on it's population. Doctor's cannot afford to set up private practice with those extra expenses and, as a result, they move elsewhere. Add to that the fact that they can make more in an ER setting with no overhead costs and its not hard to see why we have a shortage of family doctors. Imagine if we could invest $239 million every single year into Cape Breton Island's healthcare plus reduce taxes for family doctors and provide a better transit system to reduce the load on ambulances? This is also happening in other rural areas such as Guysborough, the Eastern shore of Nova Scotia, the South Shore, the Annapolis Valley, and the New Minas area where populations are lower. It's a provincial habit that has been going on before my time (50+ years) where Halifax uses this money for Halifax. That's why they can attract doctor's, build the best of hospitals and have an excellent transit system. That's why it's easier to get a family doctor there. That's why residents of the HRM don't see a problem! That's why they're talking about a third suspension bridge across Halifax harbor! This is happening to all municipalities across the province. Towns are dissolving because they can't meet budgets. It needs to stop.


The Nova Scotia Health Authority (formally partially made up of the Cape Breton Health Authority) needs more boots on the ground in rural areas of Nova Scotia to see the impacts of their actions. It was when the Health Authorities amalgamated that we started seeing regular ER closures across Nova Scotia's rural areas and ambulance shortages. They are simply out of touch with demand.

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