British Columbia Prime Minister John Hogan said that any reform of the Canadian health system should give priority to long-term funding rather than the introduction of new projects.
“Would it be great to have a national dental care program? Of course,” Hogan said in an interview broadcast on rosemary Barton live on Sunday.
“But I think we need to start with the first principle, which is stable funding, so that we can have hip arthroplasty, so that we can develop a human resources strategy for our primary health care sector,” he told CBC’s chief political reporter rosemary Barton.
Hogan said Canada is facing a national shortage of medical professionals. “We need to solve this problem, not start a new national plan, but focus on the national stability plan,” he said. The federal liberal government promised to implement a new dental care plan in the recent federal budget.
Hogan heads the Federal Council of the Prime Minister of Canada. Provincial leaders have been calling for an increase in coronavirus diseases in 2019 and money sent from the federal government to provinces due to the increase of time and covid-19 epidemic.
The Liberal government has repeatedly said that the discussion of coronavirus disease in 2019 will wait until the end of the covid-19 epidemic, but there are many restrictions across the country, and these talks will begin under unclear circumstances.
When asked about the transfer payments during his stay in Victoria on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated his commitment to “get more funds from the federal government” and listed the increase in transfer payments during the epidemic, including the recent commitment of $2 billion, aimed at alleviating the pressure of surgery.
However, the federal government said that the new medical funds may be attached with conditions to limit the way provinces spend.
“We have seen in the past that just putting more money into health care, even from the federal government, does not necessarily lead to the right or better results for Canadians,” Trudeau said.
Upcoming provincial elections a complication
The prime ministers hit back at the idea of a one-time transfer payment, saying in a post budget statement that they were unable to meet the long-term challenges facing the health system in the context of a pandemic.
Horgan recently recovered from coronavirus disease in 2019. He said that the prime ministers are still optimistic that the ongoing discussions can reach a lasting agreement.
But he said one factor that “complicates our discussions” is the upcoming provincial elections; Ontario is expected to hold elections on June 2 and Quebec is expected to hold elections on October 3.
“But we all agree on this point: whether we support elections or hold elections in the short term, we need to do this for Canadians,” Hogan said.
Hogan pointed out that this year’s municipal elections have also complicated the work of accelerating the settlement of the housing crisis. The housing crisis may be most severe in Vancouver.
He believes that cooperation between municipal, provincial and federal governments is very important to move the agenda forward. The deputy prime minister, Christia Freeland, and the Minister of housing, Ahmed Husen, have repeatedly stressed that in the area of affordable housing, municipalities must take measures to speed up the process.
“I hope we can make real progress on housing because we have a federal partner who is now returning to this field, at least a decade or so, or even two decades after my proposal,” Hogan said.
Despite his own treatment of coronavirus disease in 2019, Horgan did not express concern about medical indicators in some areas of B.C. and pointed out that in the United States, the hospitalization and hospitalization rate of intensive care unit are stable.
Hogan said, “our position in COVID-19 is stable. Be careful and be friendly to each other. If you feel uncomfortable, put on your mask – I know I will wear it.”