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Here’s what Canadians want as high-stakes health summit begins: ‘A significant shift’ – GLOBAL

by tmnationtalk on February 7, 202350 Views

February 7, 2023

As premiers gather in Ottawa for a high-stakes health summit, a majority of Canadians say they want to see more funding for health care — but many also want plans attached to increased spending amid concerns about how provinces allocate health dollars.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada’s 13 premiers will sit down for a long-awaited first ministers meeting in Ottawa Tuesday, where Canada’s ailing health-care system will be the focus of what is expected to be a tough negotiation.

The premiers have been calling for a major influx of cash from Ottawa to the tune of about $28 billion, arguing the federal government should take on a greater share of the increasing costs of health care.

They say the annual Canada Health Transfer, which provided $45.2 billion to the provinces and territories this year and will increase to $49.3 billion next year, only covers 22 per cent of health costs and they want that percentage to rise to 35 per cent.

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