Federal fiscal blueprint dodges health concerns

Kondro, Wayne
March 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/4/2009 Doctor's Health Matters, p497
Academic Journal
The article reports on the decrease of the fiscal allotment for health care system in the federal budget of Canada. It mentions several health-related initiatives stated in Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's fiscal blueprint for 2009-2010 including the increase in federal payments to provinces, $500 million for electronic record keeping, and $305 million for provincial delivery of health services. However, these allocations have nothing to do with health infrastructure and health human resources. Meanwhile, budgets for research laboratories will be slashed in the next three years in response to government's effort to realign its priorities. Canadian Healthcare Association president Pamela Fralick notes the similarity of government's response towards health infrastructure and public health.


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