Conservative are committed to maintaining the level of increase to healthcare transfers to the provinces. Healthcare delivery is a provincial responsibility, but we want to make sure that the resources are there to ensure that it can be delivered well.
I also believe that more can be done to make complementary health services more accessible. Public healthcare covers certain types of services, but there are other wellness services supported by well-established science which may prevent the onset of disease. These complementary services often do not receive the attention that they deserve. Healthcare should be about promoting wellness, not just managing disease when it occurs.
I have asked the Standing Committee on Health to undertake a study on self-care products and wellness services. This is an area that requires significantly more work and study, and something that I will continue to put forward in the next Parliament.