Canadian MPs question federal government over health program

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MPs are questioning the federal government’s commitment to providing health care for the country’s most vulnerable.

In a letter sent to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on Tuesday, NDP health critic Niki Ashton and Liberal health critic James Bezan say the Liberals plan to spend $2.2 billion over the next four years to provide more health care coverage to low-income Canadians.

“We are concerned about the Government’s lack of a clear plan to meet the needs of the Canadian people, particularly those who are already under-insured,” they wrote.

They called for “robust” funding for health care in the next budget, which the Liberals say will be announced next week.

The NDP has been calling for an independent, long-term health care review, saying the government needs to “provide meaningful and sustained investment” in health care.