VANCOUVER, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The bulk of savings announced in the
Liberal government's last-ditch attempt to convince British Columbians
they can present a balanced budget is coming out of the health care
system, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said today in releasing the
Liberal government's last budget before this spring's election.
"If you reduce spending in health care, you reduce services to British
Columbians. It's that simple," said Reid Johnson, President of the
Health Sciences Association of BC, the union representing 17,000
members of the modern health care team.
"Government is counting on restructuring the delivery of lab services,
and containing physician and drug costs to reduce the health care
budget. Based on vague ideas about how that might result in savings,
they're telling British Columbians that direct health care services
won't suffer. It just doesn't add up," he said.
"And they continue to increase the amount British Columbians are forced
to pay for health care coverage through continued increases in MSP
premiums," he added.
"There is no plan to focus on the health programs British Columbians
count on. There is no plan to address the shortages in the specialized
health science professions that lead to longer wait lists and delays in
service," he said.
"The Liberal government is running out of time. This is a short-sighted
budget focused only on addressing a political agenda," Johnson said.
SOURCE: Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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