Manitobans must pay premiums or face cuts to services: premier
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says people in the province have a choice: start paying healthcare premiums or prepare for cuts to health services.
Pallister announced a series of public consultations that will take place in advance of next year’s budget, and a health-care premium is among the main topics.
Pallister says the premium is in essence a tax increase and would be tied to income taxes if it is implemented.
He says his Progressive Conservative government has little choice because federal health transfer payments are not keeping up with the rising cost of care.