Budget Bulletin Healthy Communities

first_imgQuality health care continues to be an important priority for Nova Scotia. To provide the programs and services that Nova Scotians count on, money must be invested wisely. Health-care spending has been increasing by more than eight per cent each year for the past 10 years, or about 48 per cent of the provincial budget. This growth rate cannot be sustained. This year, the health-care budget will be increased by about five per cent, which equates to an additional $140 million for health-care priorities that are important to Nova Scotians. Overall, more than $3 billion will be allocated to Health and Health Promotion and Protection — more than ever before. To better respond to the needs of patients and families living with cancer, $2.7 million will be allocated for oncology operations at Capital Health and the Cape Breton District Health Authority. Another $300,000 will be spent on a colorectal screening program, as recommended by Cancer Care Nova Scotia. Prevention is a critical component of the health-care system. Working within a federal program, almost $3 million will be spent to vaccinate girls and young women against the Human Papillomavirus, known to cause almost all cervical cancers, which kills 400 Canadian women every year. This year, $5 million will be spent to develop a new Pharmacare program for Nova Scotians without drug insurance. Once it is in place, it will almost double the number of Nova Scotian families eligible for coverage by a provincial pharmacare program. In total, $189.6 million will be spent on Pharmacare, including $134.9 million for Senior’s Pharmacare (an increase of $10 million over last year), almost $53 million for income assistance recipients and their dependents, and $2 million for children of low-income parents. The province will invest $755,000 to improve environmental health protection activities across government, which includes additional funding for staff to promote food and drinking-water safety standards. -30- Note: Note: For further 2007-08 budget information, see the Department of Finance website at www.gov.ns.ca/finance.last_img read more

Dealers struggle in weak October new car market

Registrations fell 10.8 per cent in October to 152,497 units Year-to-October figures were down 5.6 per cent at 2,124,377 units on the back of a strong September Diesel penetration at record 39.9 per cent, but first fall in volumes in 61 months ‘2005 has been a tough year for the new car market,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘The downturn in consumer spending has hit dealerships across the country. The good news for buyers is that a weak market means strong deals. The next few months will also see a range of new models, especially in the popular supermini segment. Manufacturers and dealers will continue to fight hard for every sale.’ Note: The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT. Consumer spending growth (Source: ONS)DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more