Provincial health ministers hope to pass the buck to Ottawa

In Research by Michael Rae

Provincial health ministers are calling on the federal government to return to the unsustainable rate of increases (six per cent per year) in the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) that typified the last decade. This plea comes despite the fact that the arbitrarily determined increases did little to fix the long wait times they were supposedly targeted towards.Health Minister Jane Philpott is right to question where the money went, and tie future increases to the country’s economic climate (albeit, with a three per cent minimum increase guaranteed). In fact, it’s encouraging to hear the minister repeatedly acknowledge that a lack of

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