NB Green Party Leader MacDougall meets with Sackville Doctor- Sept. 2010

The leader of New Brunswick’s Green Party, Jack MacDougall and the Green Party’s candidate for the Tantramar riding, Margaret Tusz-King, held a press conference yesterday at the Sackville offices of Dr. Allison Dysart, a Green supporter.

Before the conference had officially begun an audience member had already asked if Dr. Dysart was taking patients which lead directly to the discussion of the dearth of doctors in the province. “40,000 people do not have access to the health care system” said MacDougall, saying that in many cases people need care but not necessarily a physician. 

The Green Party is proposing community Heath Care Centers that would have doctors on hand as well as nurse practitioners, nurses, midwives and other health care practitioners. Dr. Dysart said that the Tantramar Community Health Centre, where he and many other doctors have their offices, could very easily become the collaborative type of center proposed by the Green Party.

Dr. Dysart was in agreement with MacDougall and Tusz-King that no rural hospitals should be shut down. “We need emergency rooms “, he stated, also emphasizing that community health centers would allow doctors and practitioners to work together on preventative care.

MacDougall argued that a new model of health care needs to be developed to prepare for the “silver tsunami” of increased needs that will hit the health care system when baby boomers age into seniors and New Brunswick’s limited amount of doctors start to retire as well. 

“If we continue with our present model for health care”, says MacDougall, “We will be virtually bankrupt, we need to prepare for the ever increasing demand that we know is coming”.

MacDougall says that we are lurching from one election to the next with single solutions and no long term plan.  “There should be no ribbon cutting at the opening of an MRI in a hospital”, says MacDougall, “Health care should not be political. If you needed it and you got it, it is just because you needed it”.

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