B.C Premier Christy Clark is the first, but likely not the last Premier to speak out about the new health care accord between the Federal government and the Provinces.
The previous deal provided a 6% annual increase in health care dollars to the Provinces, but the new deal cuts that figure in half, to only 3% annually and Clark says that’s simply not enough.
She has a point; health care costs are rising as our population ages .
The good news we have made huge strides in join replacement surgeries and battling chronic diseases ; the bad news is those procedures cost a lot of money.
Cutting transfer payments to the Provinces hardly seems to be the appropriate way to deal with those kinds of pressures.
Maybe the most frustrating part of this discussion came from the Federal Health Minister, who said that the deal likely won’t change because it was already negotiated by the Federal and Provincial Finance Ministers.
Canada used to have one of the best health care systems in the world, but that was back in the days when the Federal government covered 50% of the cost and the provinces picked up most of the rest.
Maybe that funding formula was unsustainable over the long haul , but continually reducing funding to a system that Canadians demand more from, just doesn’t make sense.