Premiers prepare for health fund showdown
Premiers of British Columbia, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador have agreed on plans to reduce spending on health by 0.1 per cent over five years, after the federal government announced tax hikes on those making between $100,000 and $200,000 and increases in provincial health transfers.
It will예스카지노 save a total of $7.7 billion over the next five years, in addition to some $13 billion over the same period if projected federal tax increases, according to a letter from Health Minister Jane Philpott to her British Columbia counterpart, Dr. David Eby.
The letters came on the heels of an extensive public consultation, and an N예스카지노DP government, to gauge public opinion on the impact of the changes, and the potential impact on health.
Philpott said Wednesday the plan will allow the provinces to “work together and make changes that will drive down our collecti우리카지노ve spending.”
“There is no way the health-care system can support the kind of spending that Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador have agreed to,” said Philpott.
“It’s not just what the government says, it’s what people agree. When the government is right about something, people respond, we get the savings, and when it’s wrong, people don’t.”
The announcement will raise $3.2 billion next year, the letter states, including a $2.2 billion funding decrease and $250 million in direct health-care transfers.
Ontario has committed to reducing its overall health spending by 5.4 per cent this year over the next five years, although it plans to keep the money going by reducing health spending in the province by nearly $3 billion.
“That’s a lot of money, so we will take a look and make the decision based on that,” Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa told reporters after the news conference.
“This is about saving money, so we’ll deal with that through the budget process.”
Nunavut is expected to save $1.1 billion next year, as it will drop health costs by $1.1 billion. It already has reduced its overall spending by $3.2 billion, the letter states.
The provinces’ share of funding will increase from $9.4 billion in 2012-2013 to $10.3 billion by 2018-19. The letter, obtained by CBC News, cites a recent study from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Developmen