Federal fiscal blueprint dodges health concerns

Kondro, Wayne
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/3/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 5, p497
Academic Journal
The article reports on the argument expressed by the health care industry concerning the budget released by Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty for the fiscal year 2009/2010. The industry stresses that the budget entitled "Canada's Economic Action Plan" has failed to provide adequate investment for the provision of medical care which is believed to offer challenges to the industry. It reveals that the move will prevent health care facilities from being included in the $12 billion stimulus package allocated by the government for infrastructure programs. Although the government promised to allocate funds for other health care programs, the Canadian Medical Association suggests that additional funding is needed to recruit physicians and improve the country's health care system.


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