Events held to mark end of health accord

A multi-billion dollar health accord which provided stable funding and set common goals across the country expired today. As a result, provinces will gradually see more pressure on their healthcare systems – and that’s raising fears about service cuts.

Patients in some parts of the country may face bed shortages and more expensive drugs now that a health-care deal between Ottawa and the provinces has expired, an advocacy group warned Monday.

Provinces with declining populations, such as New Brunswick, are already feeling the fallout from the expiry of the 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004, while growing provinces like Alberta stand to gain, said Canadian Health Coalition executive director Michael McBane.

Keith Baldrey reports

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