October 19th, 2022

Houston thinks virtual care is good enough for those in need of care

HALIFAX – Tim Houston says the thousands of people without access to primary care are happy with having to rely on virtual care.

But recent polling shows Nova Scotians are anything but happy with the state of health care.

In October, Narrative Research reported that 83 percent of Nova Scotians think the state of things are fair or poor, an increase of 23 percent since 2020.

In September, an Angus Reid poll found that 65 percent of Atlantic Canadians are not confident that they could get timely emergency care and nearly 40 percent said they have chronic difficulty accessing health care.

“The Houston government continues to dismiss the very real challenges people are facing, ignoring the ballooning list of over 116,000 Nova Scotians without their own primary care provider, and suggesting that the bandaids of virtual care and walk-in clinics are sufficient,” said NDP Leader Claudia Chender. “How can this government start to address the health care crisis if they refuse to acknowledge the real challenges families are dealing with?”