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Canadian government pours money into provincial health budgets

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:726
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Pressured by public fears about a failing healthcare system and the anger of provincial premiers, Canada's prime minister, Jean Chrétien, has announced a substantial increase in funding for provincial health budgets.

    The increase, of $C23.4bn (£11bn; $15.6bn) over five years in new federal health and social transfer funds, is intended to go some way to restore the cuts in funding for Medicare, the system that gives comprehensive coverage of approved medical and hospital services for every Canadian. It represents an increase of about 35%.

    The money includes $C2.2bn for “early childhood development,” $C1bn for medical equipment such as magnet resonance imaging scanners, $C500m …

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