24 October 2011 – Health care remains a top priority for our members, like it is for all Canadians, but it matters more as we age – despite the fact that today’s generation of older Canadians are living longer, healthier lives.
The Canadian health care system serves Canadians well for acute care but is not mandated to provide continuing care for those with chronic diseases – for which medicine has no cure. That responsibility – which we would call “quality of life” care – falls to informal caregivers and the home care sector which is at best a patchwork across the country.
CARP was invited to make recommendations to the Standing Committee on Health and attended on October 24, 2011. CARP is calling for a three part approach:
1. Comprehensive Homecare and Caregiver Support
2. Access to Primary Care and Drug Management
3. Prevention & Health Promotion
To read the full submisson, please click here: Submission to Health Committee