PCs: Patchwork policies are leading to longer wait times

After eight years of patchwork policies, Nova Scotians are struggling to access primary healthcare services, says PC Critic for Seniors and Long-term care Barbara Adams.

“The number of Nova Scotians without a family doctor remains on an upward trend and emergency room closures have more than tripled since the Liberals took office,” says Adams.

“We are a long way from the promise of a doctor for every Nova Scotian, and just as far from providing timely access to care for those facing medical emergencies.”

13,661 more people are on the waitlist looking for a family doctor than in December of 2017, when monthly numbers first started to be reported.

Today, Adams and PC Critic for Pre-Hospital & Preventative Care, Colton LeBlanc, will attend the Health Committee meeting on the topic of Emergency Mental Health Care and Services.

The PC’s have a plan for Universal Mental Health Care, which includes opening billing codes to allow private practitioners to deliver their service to everyone, and establishing a 9-8-8 mental health crisis line. But Colton LeBlanc says that more needs to be done before a patient reaches a state of crisis.

“The most effective way to treat a patient in crisis is to prevent that crisis from happening,” says LeBlanc. “The lack of a proper strategy to address preventative and primary care services is leading to longer waiting times at the emergency rooms and for mental health services.