Tense federalprovincial talks on health care underway

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TORONTO — Ottawa knows health costs are ballooning, yet it is trying to sell provinces and territories on $60 billion less over the next decade, Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette said Tuesday as he and his counterparts began tense talks with the federal minister.

"It says to Canadians "We will not provide care up to the level of $60 billion," — that"s what"s at stake," Barrette said outside a meeting room at a downtown hotel. "It is about Canadians and care to Canadians ... knowing that the needs are growing as we speak."

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