Man­i­to­bans must pay pre­mi­ums or face cuts to ser­vices: premier

Truro Daily News - - CANADA -

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.

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