health transfers

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Canada’s finance ministers are currently meeting in Ottawa to discuss federal health transfers.

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As the premiers meet this week in Victoria, a number of provinces are clearly distressed about the federal government’s plan to reduce the automatic annual increase in health transfers from the current six per cent to the rate of economic growth starting in 2017-18. While the announcement has not been applauded by most premiers and their respective health ministers, it is long overdue.

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When provincial and territorial health ministers recently met in Halifax to discuss the 2004 federal-provincial-territorial agreement on health transfers, which is set to expire in 2014, the resulting news reports simply reinforced the status quo. The provinces expect more money for health care from Ottawa.