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Looking At The Changing World Of The Canada Health Transfer

The Harper era saw the move to a full per capita funding formula without a tax-point equalizing adjustment in 2014-15 -- basically a top-down policy change. Prime Minister Harper did continue with the 6 per cent annual escalator, which was part of the original 2004 Health Accord. But he also unilaterally decided to end the escalator in 2017-18 and replace it with increases tied to the growth rate of GDP and subject to a floor of 3 per cent.

Can Flaherty Save Healthcare?

The father of medicare, Tommy Douglas, never mortgaged a generation's future to pay for the services of the day. Jim Flaherty's plan for sustainable health care funding based on the government's revenue places him in closer company with Tommy Douglas than those who are opposing the shift.