Extra federal cash wanted to repair health-care challenges, King says

PEI Premier Dennis King is hoping to go away first ministers’ conferences in BC with a promise from the federal authorities to spice up the province’s Canada Well being Switch by one other $135 million.

And he is aware of how the province would spend the cash.

“Clearly that may be cash that we might wish to spend to assist recruit and produce extra well being human sources to the province,” he mentioned in an interview with CBC Information: Compass Hosted Louise Martin.

“We want to pay extra to these which have been carrying the ball for a very long time by way of the supply of health-care service in Prince Edward Island. It could imply extra long-term care beds, extra group care beds.”

The premiers need the federal authorities to lift the CHT to cowl 35 per cent of health-care prices. They are saying it at the moment covers about 22 per cent, although Ottawa contends it’s extra like 38 per cent.

One factor is definite, nonetheless, King mentioned: One thing “drastic” must occur to enhance well being care on PEI and throughout Canada.

We have to have the federal authorities come to the desk with a really vital funding, one which meets the wants of Canadians and Islanders.— PEI Premier Dennis King

“I feel everybody from Nunavut to Prince Edward Island and each province and territory understands that there are large challenges inside our health-care system, a lot of which have been additional uncovered by way of the final two and half years of COVID.”

PEI is because of obtain about $196 million in well being transfers for the 2022-23 fiscal interval. Elevating the share to 35 per cent would imply one other $135 million for PEI, King mentioned.

PEI spends greater than half its yearly funds on well being care, nevertheless it nonetheless has vital challenges. For instance, there are 23,000 individuals on PEI and not using a household physician.

New mannequin wanted, King says

“To handle these challenges adequately we have to have the federal authorities come to the desk with a really vital funding, one which meets the wants of Canadians and Islanders,”

King mentioned cash is just not the one answer. The supply of well being care must be modified, and PEI is shifting in that path with the creation of medical houses and neighborhoods. However cash could make the answer occur extra rapidly, he mentioned.

“I feel we’re at an amazing time of transition … The outdated mannequin is just not one we ought to be making an attempt to repair. We have to create some totally different newer fashions to fulfill the brand new wants of as we speak and tomorrow.”

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