Weeks after the Province’s Health minister condemned what he liked to call Ottawa’s ‘divide and conquer’ approach to negotiate these types of agreements elsewhere, finally, BC has reached a health care deal. British Columbia now has an active agreement which includes funding for the health care sector with the federal government.
According to this agreement which will last for 10 years, the yearly increase is calculated to be around 3 percent as well as an additional amount of money that are calculated to be around $ 1.4 billion. The government will invest these 1.4 billion dollars in home-care and mental health initiatives. Also, British Columbia will receive another 10$ million out of a new five-year and $65 million federal program to respond to the ongoing opioid crisis.
The minister’s declaration
Federal Health minister, Jane Philott, announced the agreements with her British Columbia counterpart, Terry Lake, on Friday. She admitted that these are all some historic and very important investments. According to the Health minister, these investments will help improve mental health programs. Also, addictions programming and seniors care for all British Columbians.
The Canadian Mental Health Association applauded this agreement. The association admitted these investments will help to course-correct long-standing federal underinvestment in the mental health of Canadians.
The funding included for the overdose crisis, home care and mental-health initiatives is a big deal for BC. This deal includes yearly funding increases of about 4.4%. This, only by the third year.
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