The Face of Canadian Medicare is Going to Look Much Different Following this Federal Budget

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The federal government has attempted to downplay the effect its recent budget will have on health care, but observers ranging from provincial governments to health care organizations say there will be a huge impact.Premier Bob Rae said that from 1996 to 1998 Ontario's loss will total $3.6 billion for health care, education and social services, an amount that almost equals the combined total annual expenditures for its drug-benefit program, nearly all cancer treatment in the province and the cost of running almost all 20 hospitals in the city of Toronto. Dr. Leo-Paul Landry, the CMA secretary general, says the budget "is probably the beginning of the end of medicare as we know it."

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