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BC Premier says medical professional staff shortage a global problem

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Premier John Horgan is hoping there’ll be progress by the end of the summer on a new health care cost-sharing deal with the federal government.

Horgan says staff shortages in the medical profession aren’t unique to B.C., they’re being felt around the world.

It’s estimated almost a million people in our province don’t have a family doctor.

Horgan added the only way to solve the situation is for the federal government to increase its contributions to the cost.

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Right now, Ottawa pays 22 per cent of the health care bill in Canada, the provinces want that increased to 35 per cent.

Such an increase would provide B-C with more than six-billion dollars a year in additional funding.

with files from Vista Radio newswire

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