The Santis team shares its insights on the key sectors and factors driving decisions and change in the health care and life sciences sector across Canada.

Rapid Recap: Alberta’s 2024 Budget Focuses on Health Care, Education, and Safe Communities

February 29, 2024 - Today Alberta Minister of Finance Nate Horner tabled his government’s $73.2 billion budget. Budget 2024 forecasts a slim $367 million surplus due to lower revenue projections than last year’s fiscal plan. With a total expenditure of $26.2 billion on health, this budget provides an additional $1.1 billion in health care spending compared to Budget 2023.

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Rapid Recap: Pharmacare Legislation Tabled in Ottawa Today

February 29, 2024- Pharmacare legislation tabled, path ahead to tangible implementation offers a long runway with many off-ramps. While this legislation may provide a starting point, it is unlikely to set in motion the necessary restructuring of PT drug plans toward a universal, single-payer approach to prescription drugs coverage.

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Rapid Recap: B.C. Budget 2024 Focuses on Affordability, Housing and Health Care

February 22, 2024- B.C. Minister of Finance Katrine Conroy today tabled the B.C. NDP Government’s final budget before this fall’s provincial election. Key initiatives in the $81.5 billion spending plan include a one-time B.C. Hydro rebate, an increase to the B.C. Family Benefit, an increase to the Climate Action Tax Credit, a new home flipping tax, and a new publicly funded fertility treatment program.

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Rapid Recap: Ontario Signs $3.1 Billion Health Care Agreement with the Federal Government

February 9, 2024- Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed an agreement earlier today that details how the province will spend $3.1 billion over three years to invest in Ontario’s health care system. Ontario and the federal government reached an agreement in principle last year following a national health funding summit when the federal government committed to increasing the Canada Health Transfer.

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Santis Webinar | Charting a Bold Future for Canada’s Health Workforce: Government Perspectives

January 23, 2024 - Join Santis Health and panelists Dr. Geneviève Moineau, Health Canada’s Chief Medical Workforce Advisor, and Dr. Karima Velji, Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice at the Ontario Ministry of Health.

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Vesna Sertić Joins Santis Health to Help Clients Navigate Alberta’s Evolving Health Care Landscape

Calgary, AB – December 12, 2023 — Santis Health continues to expand its Western Canada Practice with the addition of Vesna Sertić as a Senior Consultant. Vesna’s addition comes at an important period of change and restructuring within the Alberta health system. Equipped with an impressive Conservative network across the country and insights into Alberta’s provincial government, Vesna will leverage this expertise to support clients in understanding what’s next for health in the province.

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Rapid Recap: 2023 Annual Report from the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario

December 6, 2023- Ontario’s Acting Auditor General Nick Stavropoulos released his 2023 Annual Report today, containing 12 value-for-money audits covering a range of topics. While all eyes were on the contentious relocation of the Ontario Science Centre, the four audits focusing on the health system and long-term care services provided a stark glimpse into the condition of Ontario’s health system.

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Santis’ Take on a National Pharmacare Commitment

November 30, 2023- In 2022, as part of the Liberal-NDP Supply and Confidence Agreement, the federal government committed to “continuing progress towards” a universal national pharmacare program and passing a Canada Pharmacare Act by 2023. The Parliamentary Budget Officer released new estimates in October showing total spending on prescription drugs under a single-payer universal drug plan would be cost $33.2 billion in 2024-25, rising to $38.9 billion in 2027-28. Despite this commitment, there are divisions between the NDP and Liberals, with the former insisting on a single-payer public pharmacare system.

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Rapid Recap: Federal Fall Economic Statement 2023

November 21, 2023- With the Liberal Party low in the polls, today’s federal Fall Economic Statement (FES) comes at a time when the government needs to show meaningful progress on top of mind issues, noticeably, affordability. With billions in health funding already provided in the previous budget and the vast majority tied up in bilateral health agreements that are not yet in place with provinces, this FES is not focused on health care. Additionally, the federal government has turned its attention to cost containment and deficit reduction, something provinces and territories are also grappling with.

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