Senior and Long Term Care is Becoming a Bigger Priority for Provinces

Nurse Sitting with an Elderly Man

On October 4, Provincial health ministers met in Toronto to discuss improvements and funding for senior care across the country.

“Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, who chaired a summit of provincial health ministers before [federal health minister Rona] Ambrose arrived, signaled that, instead of confrontation, the provinces want closer, more energetic collaboration with the federal government ” especially on improvements to senior care.”

“”In recognition of Canada’s aging population and growing health care demands, a better continuum of care to support seniors aging at home and in the community is needed” emphasized provincial ministers in a press communique before meeting Ambrose. In addition “high-quality supports to avoid hospitalization or return home after hospitalization, as well as the importance of proper diagnosis and high quality care for seniors with dementia” are needed.”

“A recent report from the Council of the Federation estimated that growth in health costs due to an aging population will be about 1% annually between 2010 and 2036. Seniors with more than one chronic condition have three times more health care visits as seniors with no chronic conditions and account for 40% of all health care use.”

“A recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted for the CMA found that 78% of respondents thought the federal government needs to play a significant role in developing a seniors’ health strategy and that only 37% of Canadians have confidence in the ability of the current system to care for our aging population. Three-quarters of respondents said they were concerned for themselves about whether they would have access to high-quality health care in their retirement years.”


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