Feb 7, 2023
Trudeau lays out $196-billion, 10-year health-care offer to premiers
The Canadian Press,
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will increase federal health-care transfers to the provinces by $196 billion over the next 10 years, though only about one-quarter of that is new, previously unexpected money.
Trudeau is making the offer to the premiers today at a meeting in Ottawa.
He says it will include an immediate and unconditional top-up of $2 billion to the Canada Health Transfer to ease the intense pressure on hospitals.
The proposal includes a promise to increase the annual Canada Health Transfer over the next decade by another $17 billion above previous commitments.
As well, $25 billion will be sent over 10 years through one-on-one agreements with each province for four priority areas including family medicine, surgical backlogs, mental health and modernizing data-collection systems.
Trudeau says the one-one-one agreements can be flexible but provinces will have to show plans for how they will spend money and how they will measure progress in those areas.