The health care debate we’re not having

In his stump speeches, Mr. Ignatieff has periodically cast forward to the negotiation of federal-provincial health accords that expire in 2014 and he touched on the subject yesterday during a chat with The Mark.

20 cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada comes from the federal government so we`re involved. Well be renegotiating the health care accord with the provinces in 2014 and we’re going to need a government that actually believes in universally accessible publicly funded health care and is prepared to work with provinces to reduce inequalities in access to care and treatment.

Dr. Michael Rachlis touched on this in an op-ed for the Star last month. Our John Geddes setup the debate last April in a magazine piece, which touched on David Dodge’s rather urgent pleadings at the Liberal policy conference in Montreal.