Is the healthcare system s in Canada really serving Canadians? How many people in Canada are being left to suffer because the healthcare systems are simply unable to keep up? Why isn’t the Federal Government doing more to help Provinces put programs in place so Canadians can stay healthy and live better? The Prime Minster has made promises but is very slow to follow through leaving the Premiers across the country to gather and speak out in the press and to the Government. Who is really listening?
After a summer of emergency room closures and long waits for care on Prince Edward Island, Premier Dennis King says provincial governments need to work together to solve health-care staffing shortages.
The P.E.I. premier met with his counterparts from Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Moncton on Monday to discuss the state of health care in the country — and issues related to staffing shortages including shorter hours at hospital emergency rooms, surgery backlogs and desperate attempts to attract and retain physicians.
At the end of the day, the premiers agreed health care is at a crisis point in Canada, and said urgent action in collaboration with the federal government is needed.
They also discussed trying to speed up the accreditation process for doctors from other countries so that they can start practising in Canada sooner. But there wasn’t much concrete detail on what other solutions might be tried.
Speaking to reporters after the premiers met, King said the way to move forward is to consult medical professionals to find out what needs to change.
“P.E.I. is not unique in the entire federation,” he said.
“I think we’ve been realizing for the past year and half, essentially, that we’re not able to sustain the delivery system that we have in the province.
Premiers who gathered Monday in Moncton, N.B. for a summit on health care called for significant changes to the delivery of services in their provinces and hinted at the possibility of offering more services through the private sector.
“The status quo is not working, folks,” Ontario Premier Doug Ford told a news conference following the meeting.
“We need to be creative, we need to come up with ideas from the [health care] sector.”
Ford met with premiers Blaine Higgs of New Brunswick, Tim Houston of Nova Scotia and Dennis King of Prince Edward Island during the summit.
Ford — who met with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc before the meeting — said health care was the “the number one priority” cited by the premiers.
Ford also said he had a “phenomenal conversation” with LeBlanc about the challenges facing provincial health-care systems.
“Urgent action is needed if the federal government wants to ensure the sustainability of health care and services across Canada,” Higgs said.
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Disagreements over health care funding have strained the relationship between Canada’s premiers and the federal government for years now, but the increasingly dire situation in hospitals and emergency departments has pushed the premiers to push for change more aggressively.
At a gathering of all provincial and territorial leaders in July, British Columbia Premier John Horgan said Canadian health care had deteriorated to a point where Canada would have to “re-imagine” how public health care is delivered.
The premiers say Ottawa must increase its share of health-care funding from 22 to 35 per cent in order to build a sustainable and properly functioning system.
The federal government contends that calculations used by the provinces do not accurately account for Ottawa’s contributions to provincial health care services.
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