Side deals on health funding may be reached alongside national agreement: B.C. premier – GLOBAL

February 1, 2023

Premiers have expressed optimism about striking an improved national health funding deal with the federal government, ahead of next week’s meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

British Columbia Premier David Eby said in Ottawa Wednesday that he believed the federal government would present the provinces and territories with details of a health transfer agreement that could lead to a national deal, but he was open to side talks specific to B.C.

These could include discussions about mental health and addictions treatment programs, increasing the numbers of family doctors and expanding home care.

“We’ll be talking about core funding for the provinces, but with the ability for provinces to have discussions with the federal government about key areas of provincial priority,” he said at a news conference in the capital.

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