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Premiers gather in Victoria to propose united demand for more healthcare money

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Key takeaways: 

  • Premiers are requesting Ottawa to raise its share of healthcare allocation from 22 to 35 percent.
  • The Council of the Federation, the association of Canada’s 13 regional and territorial premiers, wants the federal government to raise its share of the healthcare budget from 22 percent to 35 percent and maintain the budget at that new level into the future.

Canada’s premiers assemble today for two days of meetings in Victoria, British Columbia, where they’re anticipated to concentrate on their demand for a more health-care grants from the federal government.

“The issues Canadians experienced in accessing health-care services during the pandemic have amplified pressures in our health systems that will persist unless the federal government seriously increases its share of health care expenses,” B.C. Premier John Horgan, this year’s chair of the Council of the Federation, stated in a media statement.

“Canadians must be sure that their health care systems will provide the services they require. There can be no further uncertainty in having this crucial conversation with the federal government.”

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Canada’s premiers assemble today for two days of meetings in Victoria, British Columbia, where they’re anticipated to concentrate on their demand for a more health-care grants from the federal government

The Council of the Federation, the association of Canada’s 13 regional and territorial premiers, wants the federal government to raise its share of health-care budget from 22 percent to 35 percent and maintain allocation at that new level into the future.

“It was … 2004 the final time there were any substantial gains made concerning any increases in the [Canada Health Transfer],” Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe stated last week. “What the regions request is important to have a fair funding match in the federal government like it was always planned to be from the start.”

Federal Health Minister, Jean-Yves Duclos’ office, told CBC News the previous week that it is committed to financing public health care in Canada. However, it didn’t particularly address the premiers’ call for the federal government to cover 35 percent of expenses.

Source – CBC News

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