Our Government is committed to a publicly funded, universally accessible health care system.

We all use the health care system.  Our families use it.  Our friends use it.

We want to see a strong, sustainable health care system in Canada that is there when you need it.

Since forming Government, we have increased funding for health care to record levels.  Moving forward, our health care funding will increase from $30B per year in 2013-2014, to more than $38B per year in 2018-2019, to $40B by the end of the decade.

This new investment means federal support for health care will continue to increase to record levels in a way that is balanced and sustainable.

And, it goes hand in hand with the additional action we’ve taken to support the health of Canadians including:

  •  replacing 40-year old product safety legislation with the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, heightening industry responsibility for the safety of the products they manufacture and sell
  •  cutting the red tape that delays access for Canadians to new over-the-counter (OTC) drugs by eliminating Schedule F of Health Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations
  •  encouraging Canadians to employ more healthy eating habits through Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Awareness and Education Initiative
  •  expanding health-related tax relief under the GST/HST and income tax systems to better meet the health care needs of Canadians
  •  removing the claim limit to obtain the Medical Expense Tax Credit for those who care for an aging parent, sibling or other relative
  •  delivering a $60 million extension of the Territorial Health System Sustainability Initiative (THSSI), which provides territorial governments with valuable resources to undertake health system reforms
  •  creating incentives for family physicians and nurses to practice in remote areas by forgiving their federal loans
  •  distributing tough new health warnings on tobacco products in 2011 through the Tobacco Act
  •  delivering the ‘DrugsNot4Me’ campaign, a youth drug prevention initiative part of our Government National Anti-Drug Strategy
  •  amending the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) to make cribs, cradles and bassinets safer for infants and young children
  •  setting a new guideline for the amount of cadmium that may be found in children’s jewellery
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