Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says the provinces’ concentrate on greenback quantities and health transfer percentages is “a futile fight,” and Canada’s premiers ought to as an alternative concentrate on reaching outcomes, resembling recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals, and getting care to individuals.
“If dollars were the solution to the problem, the problem would be solved quickly because provinces and territories on average are already running surpluses,” Duclos advised Joyce Napier on CTV’s Question Period, in an interview airing Sunday.
The first in-person conferences in 4 years between Duclos and provincial health ministers this week led to a stalemate, with the latter saying — earlier than the talks wrapped — that “no progress” had been made.
Canada’s premiers have been calling for the federal authorities to extend healthcare transfers — the long run, predictable funding the federal authorities provides to the provinces and territories, referred to as the Canada Health Transfer — from 22 per cent to 35 per cent.
The federal authorities, for its half, has agreed to ship extra money to the provinces and territories, however beneath sure circumstances, specifically increasing the “use of common key health indicators,” and constructing “a world-class health data system,” in keeping with a press release from Duclos’ workplace.
Duclos mentioned the concentrate on percentages doesn’t assist health ministers, who he claims got “marching orders” by their premiers to not work with him in need of signing a deal to extend the Canada Health Transfer.
“My job is not to send dollars to finance ministers,” he mentioned. “My job is to make sure that whatever we do helps my colleagues, health ministers, do the difficult and important work that they want to do and want to keep doing.”
Duclos insisted he and his provincial and territorial counterparts work properly collectively, however he blames premiers for quashing any hopes of progress fixing Canada’s damaged healthcare system.
“Premiers want us to insist only on dollars, which you know, is not the solution,” he mentioned. “We need to agree on ends before we come to the means to achieve those ends.”
Meanwhile B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix, who hosted this week’s conferences in Vancouver, mentioned the premiers have been asking to fulfill and focus on the Canada Health Transfer with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for greater than a 12 months, and that Duclos didn’t come to the assembly with any particulars on that entrance.
“I would sit down at noon on Boxing Day. I’ll serve turkey to federal officials if they come out and have a serious meeting on the Canada Health Transfer,” Dix mentioned in an interview on CTV’s Question Period.
Dix added it’s “preposterous” for the federal authorities to assert the sticking level is solely about greenback quantities, when provinces want extra money to rent healthcare employees and tackle gaps in different areas, resembling psychological health and addictions, and the system was constructed on the federal authorities overlaying extra of the associated fee than it at the moment does.
“The federal government, unfortunately, in this case, I don’t think has taken this matter seriously,” he additionally mentioned. “We’ve been asking for a meeting for a year and haven’t got one.”
It wasn’t simply the health ministers who mentioned they have been dissatisfied with the assembly’s consequence.
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) previous president Dr. Katharine Smart advised CTV’s Question Period that Canadians wish to see accountability from officers and proof of a return on funding in relation to healthcare spending.
“I think what we were hoping for was to see cooperation and collaboration between levels of government towards solutions in what is our failing healthcare system,” she mentioned. “And I think, unfortunately, that we fall very short of that mark.”
Smart added the CMA has proposed a number of adjustments to the system that haven’t been carried out, and that there’s concern about pouring extra money into “something that’s broken,” with out working to “transform and modernize our healthcare system.”
“What that’s led to here is an impasse,” Smart mentioned. “But what that means for Canadians is ongoing lack of access to timely care, and it’s highly concerning.”
“I think we need a fundamental shift in the way we deliver healthcare,” she added.