'It’s important that it’s earmarked for mental health. If it goes out as just general funding to the provinces, it will be swallowed up by hips and knees and hearts and higher-profile issues,' says the University of B.C.'s Alex Berland.
B.C. Premier Christy Clark recently agreed to a health deal with the federal government that includes dedicated funding for mental health. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia
Only four provinces remain unsigned to a health deal with the federal government ensures some federal funds are spent on mental-health care, something many advocates are happy to see.
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PIPSC president Debi Daviau says amount spent on outsourcing has increased ‘despite commitment by the government to reduce spending on external consultants to 2005 levels,’ at union’s annual general meeting.