December 21, 2011
Fit As A Fiddle
health care transfer payments to provinces set to receive boost
Released by Robert
Pearsall, PA to MP Mark Strahl/Voice file photo
Canyon MP, Mark Strahl, said federal support for health care will continue
to grow under a sustainable plan recently announced by Finance Minister Jim
"Our Government is committed to a strong, sustainable,
universally accessible public health care system." Strahl added, "Our
long-term funding commitments will help preserve our health care system so
it is there when Canadians need it."
In 2012-13, British Columbia will receive $4 billion through the Canada
Health Transfer, an increase of over $1.2 billion (or 44%) from what was
received under the previous Liberal government.
Under the new long-term plan, health care transfers will increase from $30
billion per year in 2013-14 to more than $38 billion per year in 2018-19.
Over that five year period total funding for health care will be at least
B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, praised the five-year plan saying, "From
B.C.'s perspective, we think certainty is a good thing."
Further increases in health transfers will be tied to the growth in Canada's
economy as measured by nominal Gross Domestic Product which is estimated at
over 4% per year. To ensure predictability, the Conservative Government has
guaranteed that transfers will grow at a minimum rate of 3% per year.
"Linking the growth in health care transfers to the growth in the economy
will ensure our Canadian health care system remains sustainable," said
For more information on the work MP Mark Strahl is doing in Ottawa, visit
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