In­put sought for care strat­egy

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

HAL­I­FAX — The Nova Sco­tia gov­ern­ment is propos­ing pos­si­ble user fees and di­rect fund­ing as it de­vel­ops a long-term and home-care plan. Health Min­is­ter Leo Glavine re­leased Con­tin­u­ing Care: A Path to 2017 to­day to guide dis­cus­sions for the even­tual pol­icy. The doc­u­ment rec­om­mends ar­eas of fo­cus based on the orig­i­nal con­tin­u­ing care strat­egy from 2006. It pro­poses chang­ing the place­ment pol­icy to give pri­or­ity to peo­ple with the high­est needs, us­ing per­for­mance­based con­tracts for care providers and con­sid­er­ing giv­ing peo­ple money di­rectly to buy needed ser­vices. Glavine says they will also ex­am­ine user-fee struc­tures. He’s ask­ing peo­ple in the province to pro­vide feed­back be­fore the new strat­egy is re­leased in 2017.

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