An­swers sought for health care ques­tions

Cape Breton Post - - Op-Ed -

While there are many im­por­tant is­sues in this month’s provin­cial elec­tion in­clud­ing the econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment, here are the four health ques­tions I will ask my can­di­dates:

1. How do they plan to ad­dress poverty? This re­mains the fac­tor that con­trib­utes most to poor health.

2. What con­crete steps will they take to en­sure all Nova Sco­tians have a fam­ily doc­tor? Cana­di­ans live on av­er­age three years longer than Amer­i­cans. A re­cent study iden­ti­fied our ac­cess to pri­mary care as the sec­ond most im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor af­ter uni­ver­sal cov­er­age.

3. How will they stop the loss of med­i­cal spe­cialty ser­vices in Cape Bre­ton and stem the de­par­ture of spe­cial­ist that has led to in­creased wait times?

4. What is their com­pas­sion­ate, in­no­va­tive plan to ad­dress the health needs of Cape Bre­ton’s aging pop­u­la­tion?

The can­di­date with the best an­swers to these ques­tions will get my vote on May 30. John Mal­com Syd­ney

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