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Accountability: Why Strings Need to be Attached to Health Care Dollars

Paying for Keeps Series by Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan’s article Accountability: Why Strings Need to be Attached to Health Care Dollars argues the federal government should not provide provincial health care funds without guarantees to how those funds will be used. Yalnizyan dismisses ‘no strings attached’ funding and argues that accountability for usage must be a prerequisite for federal health care funding. She claims that accountability demonstrates transparency and a readiness to be responsible to taxpayers. In the case of targeted funds, however, Yalnizyan recognizes the necessity for provincial flexibility, arguing that such funds may be diverted to another health care usage if provincial governments can demonstrate they have met minimum targeted standards. This is a necessity, she claims, for Canada to maintain its public health care system.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Armine Yalnizyan;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Health Care / Funding
Policy Articles / Health Care / Accountability
Policy Articles / Health Care
Policy Articles / Health Care / Accountability / 2002
Policy Articles / Health Care / Funding / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

health care; funding; accountability; provincial flexibility; targeted funds; minimum standards;