Doug Ford and Justin Trudeau sign a $3.1 billion health care financing deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford will sign an agreement Friday detailing how the province should spend billions of additional federal dollars earmarked for health care.

The deal stems from a national health financing summit in February 2023, when the Trudeau government convened progress To promote health transportation in Canada.

Although Ontario and the federal government have reached an agreement Agreement in principle That same month, the two sides have been working out the details ever since.

A regional source told CBC News that the agreement to be signed Friday covers $3.1 billion from Ottawa.

Trudeau and Ford are scheduled to hold a news conference in King City, north of Toronto, at 10:30 a.m. ET. You can watch it live in this story.

As part of the deal, the source said the provincial government should create new primary health care teams, open another 700 points in medical education programmes, and improve health system data tracking and reporting.

The agreement comes at a time when Ontario’s health system is facing a severe crisis Employment crisiswhile a record number of patients lack Family doctor The ripple effects create long wait times Hospital emergency rooms.

Last week, Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones Announce $110 million in funding to add 400 health professionals to 78 new or expanded primary care teams across the province. New federal funding for primary health teams comes on top of this announcement, the source said.

The new deal also includes federal funding to support… County plan to give to health care professionals Those licensed elsewhere in Canada have the automatic right to practice in Ontario.

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