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As First Ministers prepare to discuss health care in Ottawa next week, a CUPE poll shows overwhelming support for stronger accountability in health care spending and a clear rejection of for-profit services.

More than eight in ten (81 per cent) Canadians believe the provinces must guarantee federal health dollars are spent on health care and provide clear reporting as a condition of receiving more federal health care funding.

And by a margin of more than three to one (77 per cent), Canadians want to ensure that health dollars go exclusively to public, not-for-profit health care.

“Canadians are sick of politicians bickering over health care. They want to see every penny of their health care dollars spent on patient care and vital support services, not siphoned off to boost corporate profits,” says CUPE National President Judy Darcy.

An overwhelming majority (92%) want federal funding specially earmarked for health care, as recommended in the Romanow report.

Almost 8 in 10 Canadians (77%) think the federal and provincial governments do a poor or very poor job of making sure that every dollar intended for health care is spent on health care and reporting these results to Canadians.

“Governments have been given a failing grade by Canadians,” says Darcy. “With elections looming in seven provinces, it’s time the premiers realized health care is too important to be used as a political football or handed over to corporations.”

The full Pollara report is available. Click here.

CUPE health care workers and their allies will gather in Ottawa next week to plan the next phase of our campaign to put pressure on governments to stop privatization and strengthen public health care.