WINNIPEG – Regional health ministers are pushing back against Ottawa’s plan to cut the rate of increase on federal health transfers from six to three per cent.
The ministers wrapped up a meeting with their federal counterpart Jane Philpott in Toronto on Tuesday.
She has called on the provinces and territories to present more innovative ideas before she goes to Canada’s finance minister and ask for more money.
Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says his government is committed to finding those innovations.
“We have real time realities in terms of increased volume and the increased need of people who need that care today,” says Goertzen. “Innovation sometimes takes time and it doesn’t happen across the system at the same speed or in the same areas at the same rate.”
The cut means Manitoba could lose $39 million in healthcare supports.
The health ministers are urging the Prime Minister to sit down with Canada’s premiers to discuss health.