New Democrats committed to better funding for public health care system
March 25th, 2014 - 10:14am
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2014
NEW DEMOCRATS COMMITTED TO BETTER FUNDING FOR PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
Val-d’Or - With the accord on health care set to expire in one week, New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash (Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou) is urging the Conservative government to show leadership and work with Quebec to improve our public health care system.
“Once again, the Conservatives have acted unilaterally by adopting a new funding formula without even bothering to consult Quebec,” said Romeo Saganash. “By slashing 36 billion dollars in federal health transfers, they’re dismantling one of the most prized public services in the country.”
At a time when the costs of health care are skyrocketing, instead of negotiating a new agreement, Ottawa has chosen to transfer the financial burden over to the provinces. With an aging population needing more and more care, these budget cuts mean almost 100 dollars less per person for the residents of Abitibi-Baie-James-Nunavik-Eeyou.
“These decisions will lead to an increase in disparities across the country—longer wait times, reduced-front-line services, and lack of access to home and long term care. This is simply unacceptable! The federal government has a responsibility to ensure quality health care for all of its citizens,” added Official Opposition deputy Health critic Dany Morin (Chicoutimi – Le Fjord).
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