During that same news conference, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins said he and his fellow ministers felt Philpott was sending a clear message that federal health care funding wasn’t being spent on health care.
Barrette said Tuesday that Philpott’s remarks were unfair.
Health Minister Jane Philpott bluntly put the provinces and territories on notice Monday that the federal Liberal government isn’t willing to spend more on health care without innovative ideas and measures to ensure accountability.
The provinces and territories are opposed to the government’s proposal that transfer payments increase by just three per cent a year, down from the six-per-cent increase set out in the last health accord, established in 2004.
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“Nurses know that the answer is both, we need new investments and new initiatives to address the needs of patients, and we believe new funding must be tied to health care”. The CMA has long argued that Canada’s monopoly health care system retains a post-war acute care hospital model in a country dominated by chronic care patients.
Speaking separately, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette re-affirmed the need for more federal money for health care.
“From what we are hearing from the current negotiations, it is being presented as an “either-or” proposition”, said Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) President Linda Silas.
“Canadians want to see their health-care system get better and we have a responsibility to do that”, she said.
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“I hope that there is a good national discussion about a national approach in terms of maybe eliminating access to those drugs but how to deal with it on a go-forward basis”, he says. “It’s becoming more and more hard and to not have the federal government at the level of partnership that we believe we need, makes it very challenging”, he says.
Philpott has previously tried to shift the conversation away from the Canada Health Transfer by talking about a health accord that would set priorities in the areas of home care, palliative care, mental health and making prescription drugs more affordable. He says the provinces need that partner and the federal government is well equipped to do that. “I think that’s the other anxiety we have where decisions have to be made at the provincial and territorial level for next year’s budgets”.
A reduction in the rate of increase of the Canada Health Transfer will mean a $1-billion shortfall nationally in 2017-2018, Hoskins said.
The provinces and territories are asking Ottawa to reconsider or postpone reducing the transfer rate until a meeting is held between the Premiers and the Prime Minister.
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Trudeau is set to meet with the premiers on December 8 and 9 to discuss climate change – another irritant in the federal-provincial relationship, but an issue that the federal Liberals have made a cornerstone policy.