Ottawa’s new direction on health care irks provinces

The Globe and Mail reports that Canada’s provinces are divided over the Federal Government’s new 10-year plan for health care that locks in efforts to slow rising costs – a plan delivered by Ottawa with little notice and no negotiation. “The plan that Finance Minister Jim Flaherty delivered over lunch on Monday in Victoria was welcomed as a sign of stability by most Western premiers, and largely greeted with outrage from Manitoba eastward.” The new plan moves Canada away from its current system of the federal government increasing health-care transfers by 6% annually, and towards a system which ties health care transfers to provinces directly to economic performance, e.g. increases in the GDP or gross domestic product. Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador were united in an immediate opposition to the new measures.

Source: Globe and Mail

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