MAJOR MENTAL HEALTH GROUPS URGE GOVERNMENTS TO DO RIGHT BY THEM

Nov 11, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Provincial and territorial health ministers are being urged to keep an open mind about  targeted federal investments.

The heads of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and the Canadian Mental Health Association note that  billions of dollars are spent on health – but only seven per cent goes to mental health.

In a letter, the organizations say targeted mental-health funding – has to be part of a new health accord.

Ottawa is currently trying to reach an agreement on an accord – designed to set shared goals – for how billions of federal dollars are directed – with the provinces and territories.

A major source of friction is the proposed, three per cent annual rate of increase for health transfers – which has been slashed from six per cent.

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