Nova Scotians have the right to expect timely, reliable and publicly-funded access to healthcare. Under a series of new PC proposals, Nova Scotians will see reduced wait times for surgeries, an increase in virtual care options and a return of decision-making to local health professionals.
“Change is coming,” says Houston. “The right care for the right patient at the right time in the right place is what the future of healthcare looks like with the right leader and the right team.”
“We are outlining a practical, patient and community-first approach that offers hope for healthcare.”
Hope for Health was released Wednesday in Cape Breton, a part of the province hit hardest by Emergency Room closures and with the highest hospital mortality rates in the country for the last three years. Hope for Health is the blueprint of reform under a Tim Houston government, with six areas targeted for overdue health reform across the province.
- Access to Care
- Recruitment & Retention
- Prevention & Education
- System Modernization
- Addressing Chronic Illness
- Local Decision-Making
It builds on policies already shared with Nova Scotians by the PCs, including detailed plans for establishing Universal Mental Health and restoring Dignity for Seniors.
Houston says it’s rare to release this level of detail outside an election, but after eight years of tire spinning, Nova Scotians deserve a clear plan.
“It's not the people who are the problem in health,” says Houston, “It is the system that is the problem. Once you're in, you have world-class health care providers who provide you with extraordinary care. But too many people can’t get in.”
The Rankin-McNeil Liberals infamously promised a doctor for every Nova Scotian. As of today, the waitlist for a family doctor continues to grow and sits at over 55,000. It was nothing more than a political sound bite.
“We heard a lot of personal stories when developing our plan - heartbreaking stories,” Houston said, “Making sure that Nova Scotians have timely access to the healthcare they need is not politics, it’s personal.”