Ottawa, February 7, 2005
2005-011

Archived - Minister of Finance Tables Legislation to Implement 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care

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Minister of Finance Ralph Goodale today tabled legislation in the House of Commons to implement the Government of Canada's 10-Year Plan to Strengthen Health Care, which was signed by all 14 first ministers at their September 2004 meeting.

"This plan illustrates very clearly how all Canadians benefit when governments work together in common purpose" stated Minister Goodale. "The legislation to implement this historic agreement is a priority for the Government."

The plan will deliver $41 billion in federal support to the provinces and territories over the next 10 years to support the provision of health care, fully meeting the financial recommendations of the report of the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Report), and helping to ensure that Canadians have timely access to essential health care services.

"These new federal investments will enable governments to accelerate their work to renew our health care system" added Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh. "This legislation strengthens accountability to Canadians by asking Parliament to review periodically how much progress governments are making in implementing the 10-year plan so Canadians can see concrete improvements in timely access to quality health care services."

Details on the 10-year planare available at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news.asp?id=260.

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