After holding out for more than a year, Manitoba has finally agreed to sign on to a health-care funding agreement with the Federal Government.
Every province and territory now has a health pact in place.
The 10-year agreement will see Manitoba get $10.9-million dollars towards home care, mental health and addictions, with an additional $5-million to opioid addiction and chronic kidney disease.
Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen was initially against the pact, saying it’s not a pan-Canadian agreement if everyone doesn’t agree to the same thing.
While he welcomes the additional money coming in, Goertzen says the province will continue to fight for bigger increases to overall health-care transfers.
“If we don’t we’re going to get to the point…where the provinces are paying almost the entire cost of health-care,” Goertzen said. “And that will lead to a system that looks radically different from the health-care system we have today and not necessarily better.”