(Truro) – CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says a new batch of facts and figures running as part of CBC Nova Scotia’s ‘Reality Check’ series on the provincial election confirms what his union has been saying all along – there won’t be any savings from a healthcare superboard.
Says Cavanagh, “Nova Scotians are being well served by this type of reporting because it cuts through the sound bites and reveals the facts. The facts are that, according to the CBC’s research, the admin costs in Alberta when they still had nine health boards ran between 3.6% and 3.7%.
“Their admin costs in 2012 – three years after they moved to a superboard model – were 3.65%. In other words, Alberta has not saved a dime by moving to a superboard in healthcare.”
Cavanagh says, “Why on earth would we want to create this kind of mass upheaval in our healthcare system when the experience from other provinces shows us clearly that the ‘cost-savings’ are completely fictional?”
“On top of that, rural Nova Scotia does not want to see its healthcare decision-making centralized in some new, mega-bureaucracy in Halifax,” says Cavanagh.