Federal health agreement not enough to maintain services, study suggests

A new study by the the Institute of Public Finance and Democracy indicates the province's new health-care funding agreement with Ottawa isn't enough to maintain current services.

It estimates the deal will only allow for a 3.7 per cent funding increase per year over the next ten years.

Chief Economist Randall Bartlett says provinces and territories need to renegotiate with the federal government to ensure sustainable health systems from coast-to-coast.

Opposition Health Critic Brian MacDonald says New Brunswick would have been better served by joining forces with other provinces rather than negotiating its own agreement.

 

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)