Improving access to home care

MarkhamStouffville MP Jane Philpott was in Markham April 11 to announce the Government of Canada’s investment in our health care system.

As Canadians are living longer and with increasing rates of chronic diseases, the kind of care they need is best delivered in the community and at home, not necessarily in hospitals and in doctors’ offices. However, for many patients, these care options are simply not available or adequate to meet their needs. On any given day, approximately 15 per cent of hospital beds are occupied by patients who would be better off or would prefer to receive their care at home or in a community-based setting.

“Ensuring better access to home, palliative, and community-based care leads to better support for patients, at a more affordable cost. With an aging population and increasing rates of chronic diseases, this is one of the ways our system must adapt if it is to deliver better care,” said Philpott.

The federal government plans to provide targeted funding of $6 billion over 10 years to provinces and territories to improve access to home care services. This investment will lead to improved access to home care, home-based palliative care, and community-based care. In addition, the introduction of the new Canada Caregiver Credit and the Employment Insurance caregiving benefit will support Canadians caring for critically ill or injured family members.‎

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