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Bilateral Health Agreements Canada

Home and municipal care services help people who need care, personal assistance or other health services at home, at school or in the community. These supports often allow seniors and people of all ages with complex illnesses to stay at home or be cared for longer in the community. Home care can also help ensure a smooth transition for people who need help after returning from hospitalization, rehabilitation or other health care. Ontario`s health care system provides more than 13 million Ontarians at different stages of their lives. It is a government priority to ensure that Ontarians can count on the province`s public health care system – when and where they need it. A.W. Johnson, a senior financial officer in the Pearson government, responsible for negotiating the budget structure of the initiative with the provinces, found a new solution, which broke with the recommendation of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Social Affairs in favour of the Hidsa agreement with bilateral accompanying agreements. In response to the Quebec government`s demands, Mr. Johnson suggested that provincial governments should not have to sign a bilateral agreement with Ottawa; “Instead, they would just have to enact laws that provide for a plan that is consistent with the provisions of the federal government [by the Medicine Supply Act] according to… Consultation with the provinces. 15 While it is easy to address short-term budgetary feasibility, the question of the medium- and long-term fiscal feasibility of bilateral HTAs depends on a number of factors.

The first is the period. This depends on how long it takes to define the changes in the agreement and the federal health care system reform objectives. In order to reduce its fiscal risk and some of the time and uncertainty in negotiating a maximum of 13 separate bilateral agreements, the federal government may wish to insist on a common period for all agreements, a cap on the federal financial contribution and a planned common cost-sharing amount in the provinces. WINNIPEG, April 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Canada`s universal and funded health care system is a source of pride for Canadians. The Canadian government is working with the provinces and territories to strengthen health care and adapt the system to the changing needs of Canadians. When it comes to such inevitable trade-offs, it may be better to talk about finding the right balance between competing objectives. While bulk transfers such as the CHT do not distort provincial spending decisions, they do not distort accountability between government mandates and do not provide much or no incentive for strict but nonetheless (federal) priorities.

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