At a time when provincial and territorial governments across the country are struggling with health-care costs and all Canadians are struggling with access to the care they need, the federal government’s share of health-care funding continues to shrink.
Join us! Call on the prime minister to increase the federal share of Canada’s health transfers!
At the recent meeting of the Council of the Federation, premiers from coast to coast to coast outlined a long list of underfunded health priorities. Topping the list is a national nursing human resource crisis that is threatening health systems across the country and putting the lives of Canadians at risk. Also on the premiers’ list: funding for long-term care, home care and mental health and addiction, including action on an overdose crisis that took the lives of over 7,500 Canadians in 2021 and continues to get worse.
Long-term, stable funding from the federal government is required to address all of these issues. Although health-care costs were once equally shared by the federal and provincial governments, the federal share has decreased to under 25 per cent of total expenditures and is projected to go down to 20 per cent by 2030.
RNAO calls on the federal government to immediately increase its share of health-care transfers to 35 per cent with the condition that provinces address issues of importance to all Canadians – including the nursing human resource crisis that imperils the provision of health care across the continuum and across Canada.
Join us! Call on the prime minister to increase the federal share of Canada’s health transfer! Health care was always meant to be a shared responsibility in our country.
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