Editor: The expiry of the federal provincial health accord is a bad omen for our public health-care system. It signals the end of an era of stable funding and the beginning of a period of instability where provinces and health care administrators will be unsure of how to plan and manage for current and future health care needs.
And there’s no good reason for this uncertainty in our medicare system, other than ideology and stubbornness on the part of the Conservatives in Ottawa to get their own way, and to reduce their share of the healthcare bill.
The problem with the Conservatives approach is that it will almost certainly lead to both short and long term cuts to an essential public service. It didn’t have to be this way and it can still change. We need to keep the pressure on our federal politicians, especially key MPs like Gail Shea to get them to reverse course. If not, we need to focus on 2015 when a federal election can allow us to elect a government that will work with the provinces to protect and improve medicare.