Canada’s largest health care system faces financial crisis
A health care delivery system in Canada faces a crisis, with many hospitals in the country unable to cope with the unprecedented number of emergency cases that have been reported in recent months.
Key points:The Health Ministry has released a national forecast for the next fiscal year”About 20 per cent of Canada’s hospitals are in a ‘high-risk’ situation”More than 4,000 people have been hospitalised with coronavirus so farThis is the latest in a series of news releases on the crisis, which has seen more than 200 people hospitalised, according to the Health Ministry.
A national health care forecast for fiscal year 2019-2020 showed that the national health system is facing a $1.2 billion shortfall.
The problem has not been limited to the health system.
The federal government has announced that it will spend about $1 billion on new medical facilities over the next year, but there are fears that the money will not be enough to pay for the needed upgrades.
In a statement released on Monday, Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen said the problem has “not been limited” to the federal health system and the government will look to other sources for additional funds.
“We will be looking at all levels of government to ensure that any additional funding that comes our way is not used to fund costly renovations,” Goertz said in the statement.
“The Health Canada national forecast shows a significant increase in health care demand, with the most serious cases being reported in rural communities.”
That is why the federal government will work with other provinces and territories to support our health care systems in rural and remote areas to ensure they are able to meet the demand.
“Health Minister Kelvin, the health minister of Manitoba, announced in March that the province would be investing $3.5 billion over the coming three years in the purchase of equipment and services, including new operating theatres.
The province has also announced a $300 million health and social service package for the province’s hospitals, which include a $25 million funding increase for the new rural health centre.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins also announced on Monday that the Canadian Red Cross will be investing more than $4 billion in the next five years to support hospitals and other health care providers.”
With a budget that includes $400 million for new health centres, a $400-million expansion of the hospital workforce, and a new $300-million grant to help with the transition to a new medical system, the Government is committed to providing support to health care professionals in rural, remote and First Nations communities across Canada,” Hoskins said in a statement.
The Government of Canada will provide more than 6 million Canadians with free flu shots starting October 2.