The federal government is preparing for a national conversation on how to pay for and reform health care.
The current federal-provincial health accord doesn't expire for well over three years.
But large chunks of the bureaucracy are already kicking into high gear, decision-makers are actively engaged in talks with experts, and the brainstorming has begun, The Canadian Press has learned.
The offices of the prime minister, the health minister and the finance minister have all been seeking guidance on health-care reform.
A senior government source says the federal cabinet is batting around the idea of a non-partisan cross-country panel or task force that would lay the groundwork for a political debate later on.