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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.
"These linkages ... are clearly completely unacceptable to my government."
The deal includes $785 million for better home care and more than $650 million for mental-health initiatives.
Face-to-face negotiations toward establishing a new national funding framework collapsed in late December.
The current funding formula set to expire at the end of the fiscal year.
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