Although Extra Mural has provided services to all ages and seniors for more 36 years, and it has worked well, the Gallant government plans to transfer Extra Mural services to Medavie Health Services. This means New Brunswick’s Extra Mural services will be operated by a private company, which is not subject to public scrutiny, nor to ‘right to information’ requests.
There are other issues, one being that the Canada Health Act states the Extra Mural program must be publicly administered, not by a private company. The government also wants to give additional duties to Paramedics. Duties formerly performed by Extra Mural nurses.
This transfer of services will cost taxpayers $780 million over 10 years, in addition to $1.5 million for computer software and $4.4 million yearly if Medavie meets certain key performances (which they will develop themselves), such as improved time limits for seeing a patient and reducing Emergency hospital visits.
CBC News Report: Seniors fight turning Extra Mural, Telecare over to Medavie. Groups say Liberal government's contract with Medavie contravenes principles of Canadian health-care system
These changes should be of concern to all seniors. Please consider attending this upcoming meeting.
Cecile Cassista is a senior’s advocate and Executive Director of the Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights.
Friday, November 24, 2017, 6:30 pm
Health Care - Extra Mural Privatized to Medavie
Cecile Cassista, Executive Director
Coalition for Seniors & Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
Kiwanis Community Centre
47 Legion Street Hillsborough
For more information, contact: Sheila Taylor, 506 734-1988