B.C.’s health minister says he will urge the Trudeau government to change how the feds fund healthcare in the provinces.
“We are not happy with the changes that were made by the previous federal government to the Canada health transfer.”
Terry Lake says the change to the per capita funding formula is unfair, with B.C.’s burgeoning seniors’ population.
“We have said that any changes should reflect the ages of the population, the real healthcare needs of the population. We will be continuing to put that view forward.”
As for Premier Christy Clark: “Canada is one of the only countries in the world that doesn’t recognize that we need to spend more money per capita at a national level on senior citizens than younger people. It is a lot more expensive to treat senior citizens. As we all get older we get more expensive for the health care system than it is younger people.”
Clark says the current system benefits provinces with younger populations like Alberta.
The Vancouver Board of Trade also notes the funding formula doesn’t account for seniors who have retired to B.C. after paying taxes elsewhere.