Health Care Concerns Growing on The Great Northern Peninsula – MHA to host public meetings in District
MHA Christopher Mitchelmore (The Straits-White Bay North) will be hosting three public meetings in the District open to the public to hear concerns, especially pertaining to health care. They will be held in St. Anthony on September 25th and Sandy Cove on September 26th. We are finalizing the location for the event in Roddickton and will be posting details as they become available.
We encourage you to share this message and invite people to attend. If you are unable to make the meeting but want a concern raised, please send via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Anthony & area meeting details:
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Details for Roddickton & area details:
Health care remains a top priority for constituents and ranges from dental, ambulance services, dialysis, home care, long-term care, surgeons, specialists and staffing, training, diagnostics and equipment, procurement, facility delays, access to care, prescription drug program, medical travel and overall affordability issues are commonplace. We need to continue to hear your concerns, your ideas, your issues and priorities. We certainly welcome any issue you may have outside of health care concerns, whether it be the economy, jobs, education, municipal affairs, roads and infrastructure to social programming.
As the MHA for the District of the Straits- White Bay North, I continue to hold public meetings in communities and continue to work with individuals, community leaders, groups and others to find co-operative solutions.
We can!Christopher Mitchelmore, MHA The Straits-White Bay North
The Department of Health and Community Services announced on January 10, 2012 that it had made improvements to the medical transportation program, which impacts the lives of many, especially rural Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
The release states:
`To help ease the financial burden of paying upfront for travel for medical services, effective January 1, 2012, eligible residents booking commercial air travel for specialized insured medical services will now have 50 per cent of economy airfare prepaid prior to travel. Before this change, eligible individuals had to absorb the full cost of airfare initially and be reimbursed afterwards with the portion covered by the Medical Transportation Assistance Program.`
The full release can be found at: http://www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2012/health/0110n01.htm
Improvements must continue to ensure that specialized medical services are truly available to all and not just those that are able to afford it. Further increases to upfront payment for travel may be warranted as not all can afford to pay for 50% of an economy commercial flight. For example, my last Provincial Airlines flight from St. Anthony to St. Johns, a mere 1 hour flight was over $800.00. A low income earner having to come up with $400+ is a still a heavy financial burden to bear.
Let us work together to find co-operative solutions as we live Rural Newfoundland & Labrador.
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