compare NB provincial party policies on health

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compare NB provincial party policies on health

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New Brunswick health policies - issues to discuss with candidates and parties[edit]

The health debate is not confined to "care" after the fact of health problems but also to preventing them. Please include a broad range of environmental health, mental health, nutritional and other policies and make clear how they affect human health if it's not obvious.

health care industry issues[edit]

    • emergency rooms waiting times
    • lack of available specialists and wait times
    • shortage of family doctors
    • shortage of nurses
    • 24 hour walk-in clinics
    • equitable regional distribution of health care services
    • ambulance fees - services to nursing homes, elderly or infirm patients, “frequent flyers”, efficient and affordable emergency response
    • catastrophic drug plan
    • special needs plan
    • attention to widespread diagnoses of mental health problems i.e. depression throughout the province
    • attention to widespread addiction to alcohol, gambling and prescription and street drugs in the province

primary prevention of illness[edit]

  • the [1] "Precautionary Principle" and links between health and environmental concerns
    • impact on public health related to environmental contamination by industry, business and agribusiness sectors
    • promotion of health and wellness to reduce health care spending instead of emphasis on treatment and prevention of complications or after-effects of existing disease
    • health policy that brings New Brunswick into the health protection realm that emphasizes prevention and preservation of not only individual health, but also collective health
    • poverty issues and relationship to poor health - New Brunswick is home to 6 of the 10 poorest communities in Canada

drinking water protection[edit]

    • groundwater and source water protection
    • chemical water treatment i.e. fluoridation, chlorination vs. non-toxic alternatives
    • impact of business, industry and agribusiness on water supplies

food security and health[edit]

    • sustainable agriculture
    • support for local food production
    • support for family farms
    • food safety and genetically engineered foods
    • aquaculture issues and protection of New Brunswick food fisheries

Yup, that'll do it. You have my apperciation.