Troubling news from Quebec’s Health Minister that the federal government will be scaling back their contributions to our beleaguered health care system.
If it happens, it will be the continuation of a 30 year trend of federal governments, both Liberal and Conservative, that have reduced their financial responsibility for health care.
It’s sad really; time and time again, Canadians list health care as their top priority, yet the funding continues to dry up.
To give you some historical context, when our medicare system was introduced in the 1960’s, the federal government covered 50% of the cost of the system, and the provinces paid the majority of the remaining 50%.
These days, it’s estimated that the feds only cover about 20% of spiraling health care costs, which leaves the provinces to cover the remainder.
In Ontario, that means that more than half of every tax dollar we pay goes to health care, and that’s simply not sustainable.
Boomers are aging, we’re living longer and require more expensive health care for cancer treatments, joint replacements and a long list of other needs.
We used to have the best health care system in the world; we’re nowhere close to that now.
The federal government promised us back in the 1960’s that this health care system would look after us; they need to stick to that commitment .