Saskatchewan allowed to continue violating the Canada Health Act
In their response to Minister Philpott’s November letter telling Saskatchewan to end the two-tiered MRIs, Saskatchewan replied that they would also privatize CT Scans. It is unclear at this time, if this will also be allowed in the new deal.
“We’re disheartened by all of this,” says Silnicki. “The Health Accord is supposed to be a time to strengthen public health care. The federal, provincial, territorial and first nations are supposed to come together to discuss how to improve care across the country, recommit to the principles of the Canada Health Act and envision how to expand the public system into new areas. We were hoping to see discussions on much needed programming like a National Public Drug Plan and seniors care. Instead we’re seeing the federal government divide the provinces and territories, offer funding which will force cuts in the public system (5.2% is required to keep the current basket of public health care services available), and now we’re seeing negotiations to break the Canada Health Act. The federal government is more than just abdicating their responsibility for single-tier universal public health care, they’re threatening its existence.”
The Canadian Health Coalition continues to call for the federal, provincial and territorial governments to return to the Health Accord negotiation table and work out a deal that is in the best interest of all Canadians and protects public health care.