From St. John's to Yellowknife, Canadians took part in a national day of action demanding a new Health Accord.
“We are sounding the alarm to alert Canadians that the expiry of the Health Accord means the end of federal leadership in health care and cuts of $36 billion to health transfers over 10 years,” the Canadian Health Coalition says on its site.
Last year, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair said the capping of federal health transfers to the rate of inflation after 2016 means the provinces will have to foot significantly larger health care costs of an aging population.
"After a scathing report from the Health Council of Canada describing how Conservatives have failed to improve health care, (Prime Minister Stephen) Harper must realize that these cuts are a short-sighted way to balance the books," the NDP's deputy health critic, Dany Morin, told reporters.
A press secretary for then-Finance Minister Jim Flaherty defended the government's health record and said it continues to stand behind its "long-term, stable funding arrangements with the provinces that will see health transfers reach historic levels of $40 billion by the end of the decade."
Last week, the United Church of Canada urged its members to sign a pledge to support the campaign being spearheaded by the Canadian Health Coalition.
-- with files from Jessica Hume