BONOKOSKI: Trudeau Liberals leave hospitals on hook for military health care

The next time Justin Trudeau rattles on endlessly about the bogeymen making cuts to services — like that bad-boy Doug Ford or his evil twin Jason Kenney — he had best add his own name to his hit list.

When you cut the amount of medical assistance to members of our Armed Forces by stiffing hospitals, what’s next? Newborn babies?

An exclusive by Global News has the Department of National Defence (DND) quietly but significantly cutting its military health-care spending, and it did so by rolling back what it pays hospitals to take care of our military personnel.

It was not a last-resort move, but apparently DND’s first.

The result reportedly leaves hospitals on the hook for millions, and military members worried that they might now be denied care for essentially being looked upon as treat-and-run scofflaws.

Leaving hospitals on the hook for millions appears to be DND’s answer, the excuse by Steve Buick, spokesman for Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, is that they were blindsided by DND and “not consulted about the change.”

Bottom line, however, the Pembroke Regional Hospital, located close to the Canadian Forces base in Petawawa, has projected a resultant loss of $3.4 million.

The Kingston Health Centre, located near a military base as well as the Royal Military College, sees a hit of $2.3 million.

The total bill from Ontario hospitals that DND has thus far refused to pay — obviously with the support of the Trudeau Liberals who’ve done nothing to overturn it — is estimated to be at least $10 million.

So much for ethics and accountability.