How much should Ottawa spend on health? It’s complicated

The Globe and Mail
André Picard

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott has said repeatedly that she would like a new Health Accord to be signed, sealed and delivered by year’s end. If that’s going to happen, negotiations have to begin in earnest now and the two (or more) sides have to make their positions clear by the time the First Ministers meet in Whitehorse in July. On the surface, the issue is pretty simple: The provinces and territories want more money. They always do. Ottawa, for its part, want to control its spending. But more importantly, it wants a political payoff for the health dollars it transfers, and the way to do that is to put strings on how money is spent.

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