Federal minister reports ‘a lot of progress’ in health-care talks with provinces – CBC

‘I’m optimistic,’ Dominic LeBlanc says as cabinet meets to discuss health, economy

Jan 23, 2023

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc said Monday that ongoing federal-provincial talks on the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) are going well — and there could be a summit between the prime minister and the premiers in the coming days to finalize an increase to the Canada Health Transfer.

Speaking to reporters in Hamilton ahead of a Liberal cabinet retreat this week, LeBlanc said he’s been working the phones, talking to premiers and senior provincial officials as Ottawa looks to secure an agreement to increase the federal-provincial CHT transfer with conditions attached.

The provinces have been demanding a multi-billion dollar cash injection to stand up a system that has been undermined by COVID-19 and labour shortages.

Ottawa has said it wants its investment to go beyond short-term fixes to deliver systemic change to a system that faces a multitude of challenges — in primary care, mental health, long-term care, virtual care and data collection.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-cabinet-retreat-health-care-economy-1.6723456

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