The truth: Quebecers do indeed spend $1 billion a week on health

The truth: Quebecers are indeed spending 1 billion $ per week in health


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On the sidelines of a press conference in front of the Lachute hospital to present the Conservative Party of Quebec's health plan, party leader Éric Duhaime said: “Quebecers are funding $1 billion a week for a to which they have less and less access”. 


The truth: Quebecers do indeed spend $1 billion a week on healthcare

The leader of the PCQ is right about the cost to the health care system. According to the 2022-2023 budget unveiled by the government last March, Quebec plans to spend $54 billion in the Health and Social Services portfolio for 2022-2023. For the previous year, $51 billion had been funded in the portfolio. In 2023-2024 and 2024-2025, $56.7 billion and $59 billion respectively are planned.

It should be remembered, however, that between $7 and $8 billion per year comes from federal transfers for health, according to the Quebec government's budget plan.

Nevertheless, Quebecers fund approximately $1 billion per week in health and social services, and by extension, the province's health care system.

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