Province Launches Conversation on Health-Care Funding

By January 26, 2017 News

January 26, 2017

PROVINCE LAUNCHES CONVERSATION
ON HEALTH-CARE FUNDING

Manitoba has launched a social media and web-based public awareness
campaign to inform the public of the significant impact of reduced and
eroding federal funding for health care, Health, Seniors and Active
Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today.

“Health care is the single largest budget item for provinces and
territories, each of which is responsible for the delivery of quality
health services for Canadians,” said Goertzen. “The federal
government’s unilateral approach and refusal to engage in a discussion
around the importance of a long-term and sustainable partnership on
health care funding should be of concern to every Manitoban.”

Created 50 years ago, Medicare originated with 50/50 cost sharing of
health care between federal and provincial governments. Today,
provinces pay more than 75 per cent of health-care costs and the federal
government continues to reduce growth in health-care funding.

The minister said the result is a $30 billion gap between the proposal
the federal government has made to some provinces and territories and
what evidence-based studies indicated is actually needed to maintain the
sustainability of health-care systems, even with an additional $11
billion in targeted funding.

“Manitoba is facing a challenging fiscal situation and the federal
government’s decision to reduce health-care funding by more than $1
billion over the next 10 years is going to put additional strain on our
ability to provide services to Manitobans,” said Goertzen. “Federal
funding is essential if we are to address the increasing costs
associated with the health- care needs of our growing and aging population.”

Manitobans need the federal government at the table for a discussion on
the future of health care, the minister said. He is urging Manitobans
to join the conversation via social media using the hashtag
#sharethehealthcanada and to share their concerns directly with members
of Parliament, the minister added.

“By working together, we can find solutions that will work for
Canadians,” said Goertzen. “We believe health care is worth the
conversation.”

For more information, visit <http://www.manitoba.ca/sharethehealth>.

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