It has been good that the ending of the 2004 health accord is getting some attention in the local media (The Daily News, Oct. 17). It has amazed me that this issue hasn’t been made front-page news since it broke in November 2011.
This is when the Harper government announced unilaterally that it was going to reduce transfer payments to the provinces by half but even more concerning is that they are taking away the equalization formula for health-care transfer funds to the provinces and replacing it with a grossly unfair per capita formula.
No consideration to demographics or economics of the provinces, the loss of $36 billion over 10 years will be felt far more in some provinces than in others, including B.C.
In addition, Harper has downloaded considerable costs to the provinces without added funding and therefore further impacted the federal to provincial funding ratio despite the current six per cent escalator.
To add insult to injury, Harper has refused to meet with the provinces to even discuss this.
The money that will be transferred has no accountability attached to it. We can’t reform public-health care to be sustainable, which it absolutely is, when those that govern set up the system to fail to create an argument for privatization.
And then it turns a blind eye to the Canada Health Act that is meant to protect every Canadian regardless of wealth, so that corporations can’t make money off the sick and dying. This is outright unconstitutional and un-Canadian.
As Roy Romanow said last week, it is up to the public to put pressure on the politicians to do the right thing. The website, 2014healthaccord.ca, is a great place to start if you haven’t seen it already.