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More money flows for Yukon health care

Yukon Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost responds to a question from reporters Wednesday afternoon, after the health funding announcement by MP Larry Bagnell. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW.

Mental health, home care, and medical travel are part of two funding agreements between the federal and territorial governments.

Two agreements between the federal and territorial governments are pumping over $30 million into Yukon's health care system.

MP Larry Bagnell announced the funding alongside Yukon Health and Social Services Minister Pauline Frost Wednesday afternoon, which will have $5.2 million over five years going to home care and mental health and addictions, as well as $25.6 million over four years to support medical travel, and health system innovation.

Bagnell says $8.4 million of the innovation funding will go to medical travel, while the rest will support training, front line care, access through technology, and improved data collection and monitoring.

"The innovation part, will also help reduce that transportation (and) in a whole bunch of ways, improve the system, and that will not only provide better health care, but reduce the costs." Bagnell said.

Department officials say the travel money increase will only offset rising costs, and maintain current levels.

Frost says the mental health funding will help enhance already-established mental wellness hubs in the communities.

"The existing Mental Wellness Hubs will be improved to community-based mental health and addictions services for children and youth as well." Frost told reporters.

"That has come up recently, how do we provide services to all Yukoners, including our young people."

Bagnell says the funding helps address the unique health care challenges faced by not only the north, but the territory itself.

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