Candidates Challenged to Adopt National Seniors Strategy
Taking advantage of a few by-elections in Ontario and Alberta, the Canadian Medical Association and CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) have asked candidates to endorse a set of 12 seniors care issues.
- Federal role in setting standards and funding
- Pharmacare to ensure affordable medication regardless of postal code
- Wait time benchmarks for home care and long term care
- Timely access to palliative care
- National Seniors' Care Strategy with funding
- Caregiver support - financial, training and respite
- National Dementia Care Strategy
- Immediate national conversation on end of life care, choices, rights
- Tax breaks for long term care savings vehicle
- Integrated continuum of care
- Improved pension system
- Federal infrastructure funding for continuing care
The press release features an interesting quote:
Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, CMA President, said Canada's aging society has become an urgent national issue. "We can no longer afford to leave seniors care off the federal political agenda," he added. "Health matters are a federal, provincial and territorial responsibility. Plain and simple."
With the country's aging population putting more and more pressure on the system, the time to start planning is now. Demographics suggest that demand will only increase in the coming years. We need to plan ahead.