Nova Scotia Health Authority welcomes 2017-18 provincial budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
HALIFAX, N.S. – Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is pleased to see that the provincial government’s budget, released Tuesday, supports a number of our key priorities for ensuring Nova Scotians have access to the programs and services they need to stay healthy.

Those key priorities include primary health care, mental health and addictions, cancer care, continuing care and reducing wait times for hip and knee replacements, to name a few.

Additional funding to help attract and educate new doctors is also welcome news.

The Nova Scotia Government’s full budget for 2017-18, including a breakdown of funding for “healthy people and communities,” is available online at: https://novascotia.ca/budget.

“Our employees and physicians and volunteers are focused on building a safe health system that is available to every citizen – one that supports the health and wellness of Nova Scotians,” NSHA President and CEO Janet Knox said Tuesday.

“Community Health Boards have identified many of these same areas as priorities. We’ve been listening to what Nova Scotians have told us is important to them,” Knox said. “These investments will help build on our efforts to improve access, care and service delivery in areas of our health system, where we know we can and need to better support our citizens.”

Tuesday’s announcement of $6 million for primary health care will support NSHA’s efforts to build new and strengthen existing family practice teams across Nova Scotia and recruit family physicians.

“Primary health care is the foundation of a strong health system. Today’s announcement will get us closer to our vision of every Nova Scotians having access to a collaborative family practice team that supports their health and wellness from birth to end of life,” Knox said.

Funding targeted to mental health and addictions will give Nova Scotians better access to both community-based services and crisis support, while enhancing services for young people.

Investments in orthopedic surgery will help reduce wait times, a concern for many Nova Scotians, and help create a more efficient, holistic health care system.
 
“Health is important to all Nova Scotians. Our goal is to have a high quality health system that is sustainable into the future,” Knox said.

“Investing in these priority areas will help address the needs of our population, while supporting a healthier Nova Scotia.”

For more information on Nova Scotia Health Authority, please visit www.nshealth.ca.

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Media Contact:
Kristen Lipscombe
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Cell: (902) 478-9736
Provincial Media Line: 1-844-483-3344
kristen.lipscombe@nshealth.ca
www.nshealth.ca

About Nova Scotia Health Authority
Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. NSHA operates hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards. Visit nshealth.ca for more.