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Federal government and Ontario fine-tune details of health care agreement



Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will ask for more money for home care and long-term care and longer financial commitments from the federal government as negotiations continue on a new health care agreement.


Ford will meet today with Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc and federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos in Ford's office in the Ontario legislature.


Ahead of the meeting, Leblanc and Duclos said they were looking forward to bilateral talks.


The federal government on Tuesday presented an offer to the provinces and territories that includes $17 billion over 10 years added to the Canada Health Transfer.


Ottawa would also provide an immediate one-time top-up of $2 billion to help relieve pressures on emergency rooms and children's hospitals, plus another $25 million this year for family physicians, mental health, surgical backlogs and health data systems.


Ford and Health Minister Sylvia Jones say they will accept any new money from the federal government, but want a deal much longer than 10 years and want more investment in home care and long-term care.

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