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What was left out from the UCP’s $3.5B continuing care funding announcement

When Jason Kenney and Tyler Shandro announced a $200 million increase to continuing care funding last week, they left out a few details.

Last week, the provincial government announced that as part of the 2021–2022 provincial budget, they’d be spending over $3.5 billion on continuing care.

Jason Kenney, premier, and Tyler Shandro, health minister, were present at the announcement, which is an increase of $200 million over last year.

Technically, it’s not $200 million more on continuing care: it’s $179 million on continuing care, community care, and home care.

Here’s how it breaks down for each of the 3 areas.

2020–2021
budget
2021–2022
budget
Difference
Continuing care$1.157$1.207$0.050
Community care$1.478$1.587$0.109
Home care$0.711$0.731$0.020
$3.346$3.525$0.179
in billion $

This amounts to a 5.3% increase over the previous budget year.

And here’s what the increases look like compared to previous budgets:


2018–19
increase
2019–20
increase
2020–21
increase
2021–22
increase
Continuing care3.3%1.5%1.7%4.3%
Community care6.7%-1.5%1.2%7.4%
Home care6.9%-1.3%4.3%2.8%
5.6%0%2.0%5.3%
in billion $

It’s great that the UCP have increased combined funding for these 3 areas by a collective 5.3% for the new budget year, but when you average out the increases during all 3 of their budgets, the average increase per budget is only 2.4%.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

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