Why the failure of Canada’s health ministers to reach a deal matters for your health care – CBC

Premiers want to talk money while Ottawa wants to talk results. Meanwhile, the health system struggles

Nov 13, 2022

Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial health ministers claim they agree the country’s health system is facing a crisis, yet even that failed to light enough of a fire under them to reach a deal to make things better.

Talks between them collapsed in Vancouver this week. The meeting was actually in progress when Canada’s premiers issued a news release declaring that “no progress” had been made. That prompted federal health minister Jean-Yves Duclos to abandon the talks.

Canadians waiting long hours in hospital emergency rooms or the weary health professionals working long hours to care for patients would be forgiven if they didn’t notice the meeting was happening.

If they had, they could only be profoundly disappointed by the failure of their political leaders to find common ground on improving Canada’s health-care system at a time when it’s under such strain.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/health-ministers-meeting-collapse-analysis-1.6649371

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