The Liberal pledged to ease the demands on the health-care system with the home care proposal, a national food strategy and negotiations with the provinces on a national prescription drug plan.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is accusing his Conservative rivals of trying to conceal a $11-bilion “hole” in their campaign platform that he suggests a future Tory government would fill by cutting federal health-care spending.
Invoking Kim Campbell’s famous declaration, that “an election is no time to discuss serious issues,” Mr. Dodge said the current federal campaign is not likely to include such a fractious, politically sensitive debate.
“The difficult national issues are very hard to handle in an election campaign,” Mr. Dodge said in an interview with the Financial Post.
According to a new C.D. Howe Institute report co-authored by Mr. Dodge, healthcare spending is becoming a “disease” in Canada, with an ever-increasing share of income needed to cover the costs.
However, before any debate about the looming funding crunch, which is driven by the expansion of available medical services through technology, as well as the aging of the Canadian population, Canadians need to educated on the issue, Mr. Dodge said….
“There hasn’t been a preparation, a public preparation, to begin to make those choices.”
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