By Tyler Sutherland
The Manitoba government has launched a social media and public awareness campaign to highlight its feud with the federal government over decreased funding for health care.
Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen says Ottawa continues to reduce its share of health care costs, which used to be evenly shared between the province and the federal government. Goertzen says provinces now pay about 75 percent of those costs.
“The federal government’s unilateral approach and refusal to engage in a discussion around the importance of a long-term and sustainable partnership on health care funding should be of concern to every Manitoban,” Goertzen said.
Goertzen says the Trudeau government needs to come to the table for a discussion on the rising costs of health care in Manitoba, particularly caring for the growing and aging population.
A dedicated website has been launch to communicate the province’s stance called Share the Health.