HEALTHCARE POLICIES

1. Preventative Healthcare

A Green government would adopt preventative healthcare system as a pillar of a sustainable public health system, including the following measures:

  • focus on preventative measures through activities such as K-12 physical education and outdoor education programs;

  • levy a junk food tax to encourage healthy food choices;

  • strengthen pollution regulations and phase in a ban on the release of carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and developmental toxins (affecting hormone, brain and motor, and fetal development) into the air, water or onto land; and

  • build a more integrated health care system through the expansion of decentralized health care programs with local delivery and governance, such as through community health clinics.

 

2. Primary Healthcare Reform

A Green government would remove caps on Medicare billing numbers.

 

3. Health Transfer

A Green government would work with the other Maritime provinces to lobby the federal government to adjust the federal per capita monetary health transfer to a transfer adjusted for age of the population.

 

4. Women's Health

Considering that the health of women, including those of marginalized women, and the health of persons born of sexual, gender and physical diversity, requires recognition of their right to self-determination and control of their bodies, a Green government would:

  • support and promote research that promotes women's health;

  • ensure access to health and social services that are physically adapted to women and free from prejudice and include measures to reduce social marginalization;

  • promote access to free contraception in secondary schools, colleges and universities;

  • take into account that the needs of women differ according to age; and

  • address the stigma, discrimination, judicialization, and invisibility of women living with HIV and/or HCV.

 

5. Midwifery and Birth Centre

A Green government would integrate regulated midwifery and birthing centres into the publicly funded health care system in order to allow women to choose the option of home birth and to choose their own birth attendants (at their own expense) without legal repercussions.

 

6. Seniors Health

A Green government would:

  • ensure timely access to healthcare services to seniors recovering from acute medical events.  Best practices in hospitals include consultation with the patient and family members to determine what activities the person wants to resume and the integration of these goals into the care plan.  Members of the hospital care team must encourage and promote a return to normal functions. The regaining of mobility and resumption of activities of daily living must be the goal;

  • shift the healthcare paradigm from treatment to prevention, which would address the underlying causes of the acute events that bring seniors to hospital in the first place: balance issues, confusion and polypharmacy (the use of medications that compromise activity/mobility), among others;

  • introduce a Pharmacare program to ensure that prescription drugs are included as part of New Brunswick Medicare coverage;

  • bring long-term care homes under the purview of the public healthcare system, with staff and resources determined by needs rather than costs; and

  • deliver an effective home care program that provides in-home services and assistance to the older population while paying home-care workers a decent wage.

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