Answers sought for health care questions
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