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Health-care delays from COVID-19 won’t improve without major fed support: Pallister



Brian Pallister wearing a suit and tie: Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks during the province's latest COVID-19 update at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg Monday, March 30, 2020. Pallister says his government is reviewing funding for the WE organization because ethical questions have arisen about the organization's finances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods


Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister speaks during the province’s latest COVID-19 update at the Manitoba legislature in Winnipeg Monday, March 30, 2020. Pallister says his government is reviewing funding for the WE organization because ethical questions have arisen about the organization’s finances. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

The coronavirus pandemic has caused major backlogs and delays in accessing health care across the country and Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says things will only get worse without major federal help.

In an interview with The West Block‘s Mercedes Stephenson, Pallister said the delays in accessing health care were a significant problem before the pandemic hit and that provinces do not have deep enough coffers to bring down wait times set to worsen as Baby Boomers age.

“This is an emerging long-term problem. It’s worsened over years now and it’s going to get worse. More and more Canadians are experiencing this personally,” he said.

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