October 18, 2016 4:52 am
Updated: October 18, 2016 11:30 am

Plan to slash health transfers not sitting well with provincial, territorial ministers

WATCH ABOVE: Ontario's Health Minister, Dr. Eric Hoskins, called for on behalf of all other provincial and territorial ministers for the federal government to increase its support for healthcare.


TORONTO – Health Minister Jane Philpott faces a tough discussion with her provincial and territorial counterparts in Toronto this morning.

The health ministers are opposed to the federal Liberal plan to slash the rate of increase on health transfers.

WATCH: Philpott positive a balanced health transfer deal can be reached with provinces, territories

Ottawa maintains it will apply a three per cent increase on the Canada Health Transfer in April even though provinces and territories say this would mean a $1-billion shortfall nationally in 2017-2018.

READ MORE: Provincial, territorial health ministers call for larger increase to federal health transfers

A six per cent increase on the transfer has been in place since the last health accord was negotiated in 2004.

Philpott says if she is going to make a pitch to the federal finance minister for more money, she needs to hear innovative ideas and accountability measures.

READ MORE: Jane Philpott: health care funding for provinces has strings attached

The provinces and territories have asked Ottawa to reconsider its plans or to postpone imposing a new transfer rate until a meeting is held between the premiers and the prime minister.

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