'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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Barring residents who haven’t been vaccinated from travelling to another province may be the unlikeliest of scenarios, but Prof. Krishnamurthy says he sees certificates being used to confer benefits to pass holders.