BILL 33 Health Care Funding Guarantee Act

BILL 33

 

Health Care Funding Guarantee Act

 

 

Chapter Outline

Definitions 1

first fiscal period première période financière

gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department
of Health and Community Services dépenses brutes
au compte ordinaire du ministère de la Santé et des
Services communautaires

real growth in the New Brunswick economy
croissance réelle de léconomie du Nouveau-Brunswick

subsequent fiscal period période financière
subséquente

Objective of the Government of New Brunswick 2

Progress report to be laid before the Legislative Assembly
each year 3

Information to be included in the Public Accounts 4

Effect of changes in accounting policies 5

Effect of reorganization of the Department of Health and
Community Services 6

 

 

 

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:

Definitions

1 In this Act

"first fiscal period" means the period commencing on April 1, 1999, and ending on March 31, 2000;

"gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services" means, in relation to a particular fiscal year, the operating expenditures on non-capital items incurred in that fiscal year by the Department of Health and Community Services in the delivery of public services and reported as such in the Public Accounts for that fiscal year, but not including short-term, time limited expenditures;

"real growth in the New Brunswick economy" means the rate of growth in Gross Domestic Product for New Brunswick at market prices adjusted for inflation;

"subsequent fiscal period" means a period consisting of four consecutive fiscal years with the first such period commencing on April 1, 2000, and ending on March 31, 2004, and each successive period commencing on the day next following completion of the preceding period.

 

Objective of the Government of New Brunswick

2 It is the objective of the Government of New Brunswick that

(a) in respect of the first fiscal period, the annual growth rate in gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for that fiscal period equal or exceed the real growth in the New Brunswick economy, and

 

(b) in respect of each subsequent fiscal period, the growth rate in gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for that fiscal period equal or exceed the real growth in the New Brunswick economy for that fiscal period.

 

Progress report to be laid before the Legislative Assembly each year

3 Each year, commencing in 2000, the Minister of Finance shall lay before the Legislative Assembly a progress report in relation to the objective of the Government of New Brunswick set out in section 2.

Information to be included in the Public Accounts

4 The Public Accounts shall contain the following information:

(a) for the first fiscal period,

(i) the real growth in the New Brunswick economy for calendar year 1999, as measured by the latest estimate of real economic output at market prices prepared by the Department of Finance, and

 

(ii) the actual growth rate in gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services in the fiscal year 1999-2000, as determined by comparing the gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for the fiscal year 1999-2000 with the gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for the fiscal year 1998-1999; and

 

(b) for each subsequent fiscal period

 

(i) the real growth in the New Brunswick economy, as determined by comparing the real economic output at market prices for the calendar year covering the first three-quarters of a fiscal year with the real economic output at market prices for the calendar year covering the first three-quarters of the previous fiscal year, as measured by the latest estimate released by Statistics Canada, where available, or where not available, the latest estimate prepared by the Department of Finance, and

 

(ii) the actual growth rate in gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services in a fiscal year, as determined by comparing the gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for that fiscal year with the gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services for the previous fiscal year.

 

Effect of changes in accounting policies

5 For the purposes of this Act, any change made in the accounting policies of the Government of New Brunswick applies retroactively.

Effect of reorganization of the Department of Health and Community Services

6 For the purposes of this Act, the gross ordinary account expenditures of the Department of Health and Community Services shall be restated retroactively as a result of any reorganization of the Department of Health and Community Services.