Provinces and federal Liberal government fail to agree on health-care funding
The federal government and the provinces have failed to reach an agreement on health-care funding. The Liberal government had offered $11.5 billion to increase targeted spending on home care and mental health.
|The Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Monday, December 19, that the government has now taken the offer off the table. The Canada Health Transfer (CHT) will go back to only a three percent increase on April 1, 2017. Morneau had offered to increase the transfer to 3.5 percent over five years but the provinces rejected this. Morneau complained: "We came to the provinces with a significant offer of funds ... We're disappointed we weren't successful." Morneau ended the meeting early Monday. Federal health minister Jane Philpott said: "This was an historic offer. I think there is widespread agreement that the systems themselves need some transformation, and we're going to continue to look for ways to do that."|