Nunavut needs more help from Ottawa to prepare for COVID-19, says Hickes – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 202073 Views

2 April 2020

“I would hate to see 50 years from now that the federal government would have to make an apology for abandoning us now”

Nunavut Health Minister George Hickes says the federal government needs to provide more help to the territory during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would hate to see 50 years from now that the federal government would have to make an apology for abandoning us now,” Hickes said on Wednesday, April 1, during the government’s daily COVID-19 news briefing.

Nunavut currently spends more than $77 million a year on air travel for non-insured Inuit, who account for 89 per cent of medical travel flights, said Hickes.

Hickes contends that the Government of Canada should help pay that cost, through the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits program.

Read More: https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/canadas-abandoning-nunavut-in-the-face-of-covid-19-finance-minister/

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