The minister McCann calls for greater federal transfers in health

La ministre McCann réclame plus de transferts fédéraux en santé

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The minister of Health and social Services, Danielle McCann

The minister of Health and social Services, Danielle McCann, wrote to his counterpart in the federal Ginette Petitpas Taylor a letter calling for an increase in transfers of federal funds until they reach 25 % of the expenses of the Quebec health.

The letter dated 29 November last year that the newspaper The Sun has been able to read, deplores the fact that the Transfer canada health (CHT), which will increase from 23 % of the expenditures of the provinces to 20.4 % in the next 10 years, will generate losses for the Quebec valued at $ 14 billion from 2017-2018 to 2026-2027.

The québec minister considers that there is a considerable sum of money in a context of increased pressure on health systems and accelerated aging of the population.

The letter of the minister McCann also stated that his government does not accept the federal intrusion in the affairs of Quebec. It confirms that Quebec will continue to tolerate for patients who want to get a medical examination more quickly, such as a blood test or magnetic resonance imaging, are turning to private clinics. It is to this practice that Ottawa wants to end.

The Sun recalls that last summer, in a letter addressed to the ex-minister of Health Gaétan Barrette, the minister Petitpas Taylor stated that the canada health Act aims to ensure access to care according to their needs and not their ability or their willingness to pay. She has asked all the provinces to repay the care that patients receive in the private sector, without which the federal transfers in health would be cut off.

The minister gave two years to the provinces to comply.

Ms. McCann reported to the minister Petitpas Taylor that the field of health is an exclusive competence to the provinces and that Quebec intends to exercise its control of work in respect of the planning, organization and management of its health system. She adds that no Quebec government has never recognized the legitimacy of the canada health Act, the latter being considered as an encroachment on its exclusive competence in the field of health.

The minister Petitpas Taylor has not yet responded to the letter from Danielle McCann.

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