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Health and Long-Term Care

  • Canada has a growing elderly population who, with age, frailty and dementia, require appropriate long-term care.

  • Almost one quarter of Canadians over 65 are caregivers looking after frail loved ones at home or in long-term care. We need to find more ways to actively support older caregivers, including financially. For example, by making the Caregiver Credit refundable for those over the age of 65.

 

  • Healthcare is the largest item on provincial budgets. Increasing health costs are from population growth, population aging, inflation and new pressures from COVID-19 pandemic.

 

  • Provinces need increases to the Canada Health Transfer as they work to improve hospital, home care and long-term care capacity.

 

  • Increases to the Canada Health Transfer will directly affect what happens to hospital and long-term care bed capacity here in Ottawa Centre. Canada’s investment in research must also keep pace at internationally competitive levels, retaining world-class scientists, pushing innovation. Public health, including pandemic preparedness, given what we learned with COVID-19, requires renewed focus across governments at all levels.

 

  • Mandate review/reset for the Public Health Agency of Canada is in order following the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to learn from mistakes to improve infectious disease surveillance, timely response and Canada’s pandemic preparedness.