Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker. (Submitted photo)

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker. (Submitted photo)

MLA cites Horgan’s call to federal government to increase health care funding

Walker’s office said federal contribution will make ‘huge difference’ for Islanders

Parksville-Qualicum MLA Adam Walker says Premier John Horgan is leading Canada’s premiers in calling on the federal government to increase funding for health care.

“The biggest issue I hear about from people in Parksville-Qualicum is health care. And I know it’s the same across the province,” said Walker in a press release. “That’s why our Premier John Horgan is leading premiers across the country and calling for the federal government to increase their funding. An increase in the federal contribution will improve our health care services and make a huge difference for people on the Island.”

The release continued to read that on Feb. 4 Premier Horgan chaired a virtual meeting of Canada’s premiers to discuss the urgent need to resolve the structural funding shortfall facing the country’s health care systems.

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All premiers are united in calling on the federal government to increase its share of provincial-territorial health care costs through the Canada Health Transfer to 35 per cent.

Walker said the funding increase will help to support investments in priority areas of health care for Vancouver Island, including long-term care, mental health and addictions care, and access to primary care.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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