Health-care deal

Expiry of health-care deal sparks concern over drug costs

Photograph by: Andrew Vaughan , THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — 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, already are feeling the fallout from the expiry of the 10-year, $41-billion health accord struck in 2004, while growing provinces, such as Alberta, stand to gain, Canadian Health Coalition executive director Michael McBane said

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