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Jane Philpott explains why money isn’t everything

Canada’s health minister wants to work with the provinces on better primary care.


 
Chris Wattie/Reuters

Chris Wattie/Reuters

Health Minister Jane Philpott hit the ground running last fall, tasked with some of the heavy-hitting on the Syrian refugee file. Now, she’s preparing to meet with the provincial and territorial health ministers Jan. 20-21, who are keen to see the Liberals send more money their way.

The Conservative government lowered the increases promised to the provinces for health care, guaranteeing a budget that would continue to grow but at a slower rate than the previous Liberal government had pledged. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on renegotiating the health accord, but the party hasn’t attached any numbers aside from promising $3 billion over four years to improve access to home care.

Philpott says an emphasis on better primary care can do a lot to improve access to health care without costing any money. She says the provinces and territories have already done some good work on cutting costs via the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, something the federal government is likely to join. But Philpott isn’t keen to get into a discussion about funding. “There are some indications that we will try to not let the financial discussions get in the way of pretty serious health policy discussions that we need to have,” she told Maclean’s.


 

Jane Philpott explains why money isn’t everything

  1. Maybe the health minister and prime minister should explain why the federal government spent $12.9 billion on security from terrorists which claimed 2 Canadians in 2014 and just $565 million on medical research which which claimed 76,600 cancer patients, 47,600 heart disease patients and 7,100 diabetic patients in the same year.
    Canadians need to demand a new set of priorities from their new government about what the real dangers are they face in their lives.

    • Oh really money isn’t everything ? Someone should tell Jane we live in a society based on an economy instead of love and common sense, hence the “rising cauliflower prices” and if you don’t pay your water bill you can’t have any. I mean really Jane you haven’t noticed we’ve all been herded into the city to make sure the big ball keeps rolling. What is money anyway ? Who’s wise idea was it ? Either some supernatural invisible being is standing nearby laughing or our evolution process stopped at stupid

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