A read on healthcare

A read on healthcare

< Back to Articles | Topics: From the President | Contributors: Patrick Sullivan (President & CEO, Halifax Chamber) | Published: April 1, 2024

April’s issue of Business Voice is focused on one of the most significant concerns facing our province and country: healthcare.

Healthcare represents 35.6 per cent of the provincial budget for 2024/2025; if combined with seniors and long-term care, the figure climbs to 44.4 per cent of the total budget. These budgets are significant, and the Halifax Chamber is very interested in how these areas are progressing. To get a clearer picture of the future of healthcare in Nova Scotia, we spoke with Health Minister Michelle Thompson and Tara Sampalli, Senior Director of Implementation Science and Evaluation at Nova Scotia Health. Both interviewees acknowledge the ongoing challenges in our healthcare system, but they are also optimistic that recent innovations will lead to lasting change for patients and providers.

I also hope this is the case. A strong local economy rests on a strong workforce, and to retain top talent in Nova Scotia, we need to provide top-tier healthcare and support for that workforce. Since the Chamber will be hosting Minister Thompson later this year (keep an eye out for our upcoming event announcement), I’m looking forward to hearing about the province’s progress on this issue. As always, the Chamber strives to engage with all levels of government to keep our members informed and advocate for what matters most to them.

The year is unfolding very quickly for us, and April is a busy month of events for the Chamber. I hope to see you at our upcoming annual Spring Dinner on April 3rd, where we’ll dive into the most talked about topic worldwide: Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on oceans. We also have a training session with Wendy Brookhouse from Black Star Wealth on making your business more sellable.

I also hope you can join us at the Annual State of the Municipality with Mayor Mike Savage on April 25th—the last time he will be on stage for this event. On behalf of the Chamber team, I would like to thank Mayor Savage for joining us in hosting this event for so many years. We believe that an open dialogue is key to developing a strong and engaged business community.

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