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Updated: 17th March 2020 15:05 Calgary

Group questions how province pays for health care

A new report from the University of Calgary indicates the provinces are being less than open about where the money comes from to pay for health care.

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Report says provinces turning to intergovernmental grants, investment income and borrowing as alternatives to taxing Canadians

A new report from the University of Calgary indicates the provinces are being less than open about where the money comes from to pay for health care.

Author Ron Kneebone -- of the School of Public Policy at the U of C -- says provinces are turning to intergovernmental grants, investment income and borrowing as alternatives to simply taxing Canadians.

He said that creates a "fiscal illusion" and disguises the fact the provinces are spending two to five times more than they project.

Kneebone said governments should rely more on provincial taxes to cover costs.

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