Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today that the province has awarded a contract to KPMG to conduct a review of the health care system in an effort to cut waste and improve efficiencies.
“The reality is the finances of the health-care system in Manitoba and many other provinces are not sustainable in their current state,” said Goertzen. “While there has been work done to find efficiencies in some areas, we need to look at the system as a whole and find ways to ensure that every tax dollar that is going into health is being used as effectively as possible. The status quo simply is not an option.”
The minister pointed out the review is coming at the right time because the federal government has said there will be cuts to transfer payments for health.
The initial report is expected by the end of January 2017, Goertzen said.