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Ottawa reducing health funding by $36 billion over 10 years, premiers say

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, right, and Nova Scotia Premier Darrell Dexter talk with reporters at the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax on Friday, July 27, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

HALIFAX - A new report suggests that federal health transfers will be reduced by almost $36 billion over 10 years under Ottawa's new payment scheme for the provinces.

The report by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is being released today at the Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax and assesses the impact of the federal government's new funding formula for health care.

That formula would take effect in 2014.

Selinger says the new scheme reduces Ottawa's contribution to the health care costs of provinces and territories to less than 20 per cent.

Selinger, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and New Brunswick Premier David Alward will meet this fall with other provincial finance ministers to continue talks on the new funding arrangement that will be based on a per capita formula.

The premiers say the new plan will leave some provinces worse off than others because of their smaller but increasingly elderly populations.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2012
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