It’s time to renew Canada’s public health-care partnership
Canada has just 1.95 acute care hospital beds per 1,000 people, which is fourth worst among the 27 OECD countries.
Canada’s premiers are united in calling for the federal government to increase its share of health funding through the Canada Health Transfer to 35 per cent and maintain this share of funding. This is aspirational and will no doubt take time, but an important starting point for negotiations. The proposed '25 per cent by 2025' federal contribution pitch by Canada’s major health-care stakeholders is a realistic and achievable short-term goal. What is clear is the federal government must re-commit itself as a full funding partner to renew Canada’s public healthcare system for the 21st century. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade