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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

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 4 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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