Premier must fight for healthcare at premiers’ meeting

Premier must fight for healthcare at premiers’ meeting

Newfoundland and Labrador NDP leader Earle McCurdy is calling on Premier Davis to stand up for our health care system.

The Canada Health Accord, which set national standards of care and wait-times, expired on March 31, 2014. In a letter to the premier, McCurdy urged him to address the lack of a cohesive national plan at the upcoming summer meeting of the Council of the Federation.

“Today I urge you to speak up for and defend the health and wellbeing of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Join the other premiers and demand that the Harper government negotiate a new 10-year Health Accord to replace the one that expired last year,” the letter says, in part.

McCurdy says that without a new Health Accord, the country risks the devolution of our internationally renowned Medicare system into a fragmented system where the quality of care people receive depends on where they live and how much money they have.

“Not only has the Harper government failed to renew it; they have replaced it with a per capita Health Transfer. With our rapidly aging and largely rural population, a per capita plan disproportionately affects Newfoundland and Labrador,” he pointed out in the letter.

Newfoundland and Labrador will lose an estimated $491 million over 10 years, and McCurdy wants to know who will pay for the difference.

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