Health Accord still not agreed to
Manitoba has signed a health funding agreement with the federal government that will see $15.9 million flow to the province in 2017-18.
Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today that funding for home and community care to the tune of $7.27 million and $3.63 million for mental health and addiction will begin to flow to the province immediately.
Goertzen said that an additional $5 million will be coming for critical areas identified by the province. According to the minister, the money will be used to battle opioid addiction and high rate of kidney disease suffered by Manitobans.
Manitoba was the lone holdout in a battle with the federal government over healthcare funding. Although the “targeted funding” has been agreed to, Manitoba has not signed onto the Health Accord agreed to by every other province and the Government of Canada.
“We will continue to stand up for the people of Manitoba, by pressing the federal government to negotiate a real health accord with all provinces and territories that actually secures a strong, safe and sustainable health-care system for all Canadians,” Goertzen said.
Manitoba and Canada have also agreed to work together with Indigenous organizations and governments to pursue improvements in health-care service delivery for remote Indigenous communities.
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