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Health Minister Jane Philpott answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday, March 21, 2016.
Health Minister Jane Philpott answers a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Monday, March 21, 2016.

Provincial, territorial ministers to meet in Toronto before health accord talks

TORONTO – Provincial and territorial health ministers sit down in Toronto today ahead of Tuesday’s discussions with their federal counterpart Jane Philpott.

Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins hosts Monday’s meeting as the provinces and territories look at ongoing challenges including an aging population, mental health and opioid addiction.

Tuesday’s discussion with Philpott will focus on efforts to develop a new health accord – a joint agreement to outline shared goals between the levels of government.

The main point of friction between Ottawa and the ministers is the proposed increase to federal health payments.

Philpott says the Liberal government plans to apply a three per cent increase in April despite pushback from provinces including B.C., Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The current increase on the federal health transfers is six per cent – a funding formula established in 2004 under the last health accord.

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