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Canada's government tries to save healthcare system

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 12 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:402
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The proposal by Canada's federal health minister, Allan Rock, to save the country's healthcare system by paying half the cost of a national home care programme has been greeted contemptuously by provincial premiers. They say that he should restore billions of dollars of funding he has cut in past years before introducing such “boutique” programmes.

    In a letter to the prime minister, Jean Chrétien, Ontario's premier, Mike Harris, said that Mr Rock's attempt to position himself as the saviour of Medicare (Canada's health insurance system) was “blatant hypocrisy.” “After all, the federal government is responsible for the largest funding cut in Canadian history,” …

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