McNeil government outsourcing health care services to the United States

January 5, 2016

News that blood pathology work has been outsourced to a private clinic in the United States is further proof that Stephen McNeil’s approach to health care is failing patients, says NDP MLA Dave Wilson.

Today it was reported by the Chronicle Herald that the Liberal government has spent $1 million since January 2015 shipping blood pathology work to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

“This is what happens when a Liberal government freezes health care funding and then asks the health authority to cut 1% across the board,” says Wilson. “Instead of strengthening our health care system by hiring more pathologists, this government has decided to outsource work to the United States at a considerable cost. This is symptomatic of the erosion of our health care system that has taken place since Stephen McNeil appointed Leo Glavine as Health Minister back in 2013.”

Wilson adds, “When private American interests are profiting off our health care system it means less money for patient care here in Nova Scotia. That’s why I find this decision by the McNeil government both disappointing and troubling.”