Official Green Party Response

 

Response:

Question 1:

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published research in 2014 that showed one in twelve Canadians report they skip doses or decide not to fill prescriptions because of cost.

If elected to government, what will your party do to make prescription medications more affordable?

The Green Party of NS commits to launch research and feasibility studies to examine provincial pharmacare coverage and a province wide health formulary so that first line affordable medications are available to all Nova Scotians.

In addition, the Green Party focusses on population health, with increased attention to prevention and wellness. It is a long term goal that fewer people would require such medications.

Question 2:

Healthcare is the number four issue (behind education, labour relations and balanced books) on the minds of Nova Scotian voters. If elected:

a) How will your government improve the delivery of cancer care and other healthcare services in Nova Scotia?

A Green government would provide financial incentives to encourage health practitioners to practice in underserviced communities, including partial or full forgiving of student loans based on length of service?;

b) Will your government restructure healthcare delivery, and if so, how?

A Green government a would employ patient navigators to ensure that health care needs are met, and would also seek community based care wherever possible. A Green government would use evidence policy and processes, and would dialogue with health policy analysts and consult with local practitioners to design effective approaches to health care delivery.

c) How will your government ensure that cancer patients receive the services they need, including home care, financial assistance during recovery and for long-term side effects of cancer and/or treatment?

Comprehensive health centres and integrated care

The Green Party believes it is time to explore a major policy initiative ? a negative income tax, or a Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) for all. The use of a GLI eliminates poverty by ensuring that each citizen’s income does not fall below the level necessary to meet their most basic needs.

There are significant cost savings to streamlining existing benefits and tax credits into one lump payment that citizens allocate toward their own needs, rather than having to request various benefits from different levels of governments or agencies. Plus, many more people will be able to focus on caregiving, wellness or recovery.

Question 3:

A key element of ensuring timely treatment for a Canadian cancer patient is ensuring they have access to the medications they need at the time they need them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in Nova Scotia. As of January 31, 2015 Nova Scotia drug plans covered 23.5% of the 464 new drugs approved by Health Canada from 2004-2013 and the average number days to list the new drug covered under each public drug plan was 681(Coverage for new medicines in Canada’s public drug plans, 2015, Mark Rovere and Dr. Brett J. Skinner).

If elected to government, will you commit to ensuring that all cancer patients in Nova Scotia receive timely access to medications at the time they need it?

Yes

Question 4:

Numbers released by Statistics Canada indicate that 11.3 per cent of the population, or just over 100,000 people, do not have access to a health-care provider.

If elected, how will your government ensure that all Nova Scotians have access to a health-care provider?

A Green government would support inter-professional health care through providing and networking physiotherapists, dieticians, midwives, nurse practitioners, etc., reducing the burden on doctors and averting wait times. Promoting wellness means supporting people to take active, lifelong measures to stay as healthy as possible.

We would also provide financial incentives to encourage health practitioners to practice in underserviced communities, including partial or full forgiving of student loans based on length of service.

We thank you for your attention to this important matter.