OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Canada's universal, publicly funded health system is a source of pride for Canadians. TheGovernment of Canada is working with provinces and territories to strengthen health care and adapt the system to the changing needs of Canadians.
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With support from the Government of Canada, the Government of B.C. will invest in a range of initiatives to expand home and community care and mental health and addiction services. This includes:
Through this agreement, B.C. will invest approximately $394 million in targeted federal funding for home and community care and $262 million for mental health and addictions over five years as part of a ten-year federal financial commitment of approximately $1.4 billion. These activities are fully aligned with the objectives and the pan-Canadian priorities set out in the Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities endorsed by the federal government, provinces* and territories in August 2017.
Quotes"I am pleased that the governments of Canada and B.C. have finalized a bilateral agreement outlining investments in home and community care, and mental health and addiction services. The Government of Canada is committed to working with provinces and territories so that Canadians can have access to the health services they need." The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"This agreement will provide timely access to home and community care. The goal for seniors is to live healthier and to enjoy better quality of life. Together with the federal government, we are making sure individuals and families have access to quality public health care when they need it."Adrian DixMinister of Health, British Columbia
"As Canada's first Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions we are creating a system of care where you ask for help once and get help fast. As we develop our comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy, greater access to services and supports for children and youth, working with our First Nations partners and responding to the overdose emergency are the priorities. The key in addressing long ignored service gaps is early intervention and prevention. This investment supports actions underway to create a seamless system of care for all British Columbians."Judy DarcyMinister of Mental Health and Addictions, British Columbia
* The federal government has agreed to an asymmetrical arrangement with Quebec, distinct from the Common Statement of Principles.
Related Products Backgrounder - Canada–British Columbia bilateral agreement to improve health care services
Associated Links Common Statement of Principles News Release Common Statement of Principles on Shared Health Priorities
SOURCE Health Canada
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