The specific purpose of this paper is to stimulate discussion and suggest possible strategies on how to improve the stability, accountability, visibility and flexibility of federal health transfer programs and thus to protect Canadians' most treasured pmgram---Our national health care system. The issues of health care financing and ensuring access to a comprehensive range of services are inextricably linked. In recognition of this link, HEAL has developed and released a discussion paper on comprehensiveness, Getting to the Core of Comprehensiveness.' It is HEAL'S intention that the proposed strategies in this paper and in its comprehensiveness paper reconcile the above mentioned tensions to the greatest extent possible.


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