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Healthcare reform to address needs of Canadians not service providers
CARP is calling for a full system re-design of the healthcare system to provide a comprehensive 360 degrees of care and that treats Canadians as “healthcare citizens” – with the right to expect timely and appropriate care and equal treatment regardless of age, income and postal code. Read more
It’s unanimous – Canada needs a seniors’ healthcare strategy – so where is it?
Let’s start with getting people out of hospitals and into community care.
CARP is calling for specific reform of the healthcare system to better serve the aging population – something that CIHI says we are doing very poorly. Now that the Council of the Federation has added its voice to policy experts, editorial boards and healthcare professionals calling for a seniors’ strategy, it is time for the government to tell us what they propose to do – starting with getting people out of hospitals and into community-based care and taking the funding with them. Read more
Life expectancy up by six years, study finds
Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhea, tuberculosis and malaria. (The Globe and Mail; 12/18/2014.) Read more
National strategy for financial literacy
Phase 1: Strengthening Seniors’ Financial Literacy
Financial literacy is a critical life skill for all Canadians. The Government of Canada is leading the development of a national strategy for financial literacy that will guide the work of public, private and non-profit organizations with the shared commitment to enhancing the financial knowledge, skills and confidence of Canadians. Read more
CARP members will welcome the patient-focused vision of healthcare announced today
CARP members will welcome the patient-focused vision of healthcare announced today, especially the commitment to funding the patient’s journey rather than provider’s activity and wrapping care around the patients, who CARP calls the HealthCare Citizen. Read more
Supreme Court says yes to doctor-assisted suicide in specific cases
People with grievous and irremediable medical conditions should have the right to ask a doctor to help them die, Canada’s highest court says in a unanimous ruling.
(CBC News; 02/06/15) Read more
Four issues surrounding the Supreme Court ruling on assisted death
A Supreme Court of Canada ruling that cleared the way for doctors to help competent, grievously ill adults end their lives leaves legislators and medical regulators to decide how the new aid-in-dying regime would work. Here are four major issues they are likely to face.
(The Globe and Mail; 02/09/15) Read more
What you need to know about dying at home
QUESTION: I have prostate cancer for which I have been treated a long time. My doctors say that it has now spread to my bones, lungs and liver and that any new treatment isn’t likely to work and will likely make me feel awful. It has taken awhile, but I now accept that I am dying, and I’d like to die at home. My wife is pretty healthy, but is small and not that strong. Both of our kids live in Vancouver. I worry that my wife and I may not get enough support at home to allow me to die there. What kind of support can I get at home when my time comes?(HUFFPOST LIVING CANADA; 01/15/15) Read more
SAVE THE DATE – MAY 2, 2015
The annual Zoomer North 2015 Conference at Clarion Resort Pinewood Park. More information to follow shortly!