2.12.21 - “[We] will maintain [the] spring  budget commitment to increase healthcare spending by 3.9% to $2.9 billion[.]”
“This year’s $3.07-billion budget is a $150.4-million increase from 2020-21”
The verdict will be reviewed following the release of the audited financial statements for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. If the financial statements indicate that the Department of Health has spent equivalent to or more than originally projected in the 2020-2021 budget, the pledge will be deemed fulfilled.
[Ed. note: See section “Department of Health”, table “Ordinary Account”, under columns “2020-2021 estimate” and “2020-2021 revised”, row “Total - Gross Ordinary”: 2,920,538 (In thousands of dollars) and 3,023,687 (In thousands of dollars)]
“Due to the pressure our health care system is under, we will be allocating more than $2.9 billion this year, a 3.9 per cent increase over the 2019–2020 budgeted amount, which is double the rate of inflation expected for New Brunswick and the largest increase in the health care budget in a decade.”