In an exclusive interview granted to Radio-Canada, the former Premier of Quebec also promises to create a $10 billion health infrastructure fund to invest in the construction of hospitals and clinics as well as in the purchase technological devices.
Jean Charest is also open to the provinces’ request for Ottawa to increase Canadian health transfers by $28 billion in order to finance 35% of care, but with a few caveats.
35% is a request that seems very legitimate to me. Can we get there quickly and all at once? It’s far from certaindid he declare.
The candidate for the leadership ofCCP believes that we must first learn the lessons of COVID, then modernize the Canada Health Act, before engaging in negotiations on funding while respecting provincial jurisdictions.
Jean Charest’s message on health also contains a populist note that partly resembles the speech delivered by his opponent Pierre Poilievre.
” Justin Trudeau has shown us that he prefers to keep Canadians confined to their homes rather than to reform the Canadian health care system. After more than two years of health restrictions, it is clear that we need innovations, not ideologies. »
More private space
Jean Charest proposes to provide
major changes to the Canada Health Actin consultation with the provinces, in order to redefine the federal guidelines on this issue.
The time has come in our history to break the Canada Health Act jam, to untie the hands of the provinces to better serve patientshe said.
The form that this review would take remains unclear, but it is clear that Jean Charest wants to give the provinces more flexibility in the delivery of care, including more partnerships with the private sector, as he did in 2006 when he was Premier of Quebec.
Bill 33 allowed Quebecers to take out private insurance to undergo knee, hip and cataract surgeries in private clinics associated with the hospital network.
” Why not move to the private sector operations that could be done without encumbering hospitals? Canadians would not pay a penny out of pocket. There would be a single payer: the state pays. »
Hip and knee replacement surgeries as well as cataracts are already performed by private clinics in several provinces.
Jean Charest adds that it would be up to the provinces to decide which mode of delivery of care best suits their reality.
Jean Charest’s main opponents in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, Pierre Poilievre and Patrick Brown, have not publicly expressed their position on the increase in health transfers to the provinces.
In the past, Pierre Poilievre mentioned the possibility of imposing certain conditions on the provinces with regard to the funding of health care. He raised the idea of not paying health transfers to provinces that agree to pay for sex reassignment operations as well as transition services for transgender people.
The one who is seen as the leader in the race insists in his speeches that he wants to speed up the recognition of diplomas for workers who have studied abroad, including in the health system, in order to reduce waiting times. . A position shared by Jean Charest.