HEALTH CARE DEAL FIZZLES BETWEEN THE FEDS, PROVINCES

Dec 19, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government wasn’t able to reach a deal with the provinces and territories on health-care funding.

Around midday, after intense criticism, the feds sweetened their offer – but they couldn’t nail down an agreement.

Morneau offered $11 billion over 10 years for home care and mental health – on top of a 3.5 per cent yearly increase in health funding transfers to the provinces and territorys.

That was up from the $8 billion and 3.5 per cent that was on the table – at the start of the day.

The provinces accused the Trudeau government of refusing to negotiate a new federal health-care funding framework – opting instead to put forward what the regional ministers consider a lacklustre take-it-or-leave-it offer.

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