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Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« on: February 08, 2017, 07:10:04 pm »
The Province has instituted a debt cap for Manitoba Health.  That means hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure spending has been cancelled.  I'm not sure that I like the idea, as I'm all for moving forward and getting better and more capable facilities.  Still, it seems that the NDP were in fact spending like drunken sailors with no way out of deficit in sight.  I think austerity is something we're going to have to live with in this province.

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 07:11:49 pm »
I've said it before, deficits or not, the boomers are going to be filling hospitals soon. Infrastructure spending is desperately needed now in all of the provinces or we're going to be in trouble trying to care for the elderly.

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 07:40:20 pm »
Yes, that presents a real problem.  I'm not sure what the answer is.  One of the things that has apparently been cancelled is a new facility for Cancer Care Manitoba.  As cancer rates increase with age, I can see that leading to an issue.

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 07:51:24 pm »
I found a link:

Personal care home in Lac du Bonnet (estimated cost $32 million).
Northern consultation clinic in Thompson ($9 million).
St. Vital primary care access clinic ($4.7 million).
The Pas primary care clinic ($5.3 million).
CancerCare Manitoba facility ($300 million).

Navaratnam said the CancerCare centre, which would have put all of its services together under one roof, cannot be built without provincial funding. It currently rents space in several buildings.

Plans for a blood bank in St. Boniface, which had not been previously announced, will also not go ahead. The PCs say that project was estimated to cost $2.1 million.

Three other projects that were announced by the NDP have not been approved by the Treasury Board:

A new facility for the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg.
A Concordia wellness centre.
An international centre for dignity and palliative care.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-health-projects-goertzen-funding-1.3972954

BTW - this is my regional health centre:

A government spokesperson told CBC News that aside from an MRI facility for the Dauphin Health Centre, for which a decision is pending,

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They're building the facility.  You can go and see it.  With this government, there's a good chance it will sit empty without an MRI for...ever.

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2017, 05:23:32 pm »
I found a link:

Personal care home in Lac du Bonnet (estimated cost $32 million).
Northern consultation clinic in Thompson ($9 million).
St. Vital primary care access clinic ($4.7 million).
The Pas primary care clinic ($5.3 million).
CancerCare Manitoba facility ($300 million).

Navaratnam said the CancerCare centre, which would have put all of its services together under one roof, cannot be built without provincial funding. It currently rents space in several buildings.

Plans for a blood bank in St. Boniface, which had not been previously announced, will also not go ahead. The PCs say that project was estimated to cost $2.1 million.

Three other projects that were announced by the NDP have not been approved by the Treasury Board:

A new facility for the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg.
A Concordia wellness centre.
An international centre for dignity and palliative care.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/manitoba-health-projects-goertzen-funding-1.3972954

BTW - this is my regional health centre:

A government spokesperson told CBC News that aside from an MRI facility for the Dauphin Health Centre, for which a decision is pending,

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They're building the facility.  You can go and see it.  With this government, there's a good chance it will sit empty without an MRI for...ever.

There is a huge deficit that needs to be dealt with.  What's supposed to happen?  It has to get paid one way or another.  I think the millenial generation is going to learn the hard way that the boomer generation lived very high on the hog...

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2017, 05:29:09 pm »
There is a huge deficit that needs to be dealt with.  What's supposed to happen?  It has to get paid one way or another.  I think the millenial generation is going to learn the hard way that the boomer generation lived very high on the hog...

Sure, but as Cybercoma said, we have to look after those said boomers now.  That means that money is going to need to be spent on some things.

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Re: Manitoba Health has Fiscal Wings Clipped
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2017, 07:45:06 am »
That's just it. There's an immediate and pressing concern that the healthcare infrastructure in this country needs to be able to handle the largest chunk of our population very soon. Deficits or not, we need a plan.