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Minister of Seniors Mandate Letter (Aug 28, 2018)

The Government of Canada has created a Minister of Seniors. The goals of the Minister of Seniors are to help the government better understand and make decisions on the needs of Canadian seniors and ensure that programs and services are developed that respond to Canada’s aging population. This will provide Canadian seniors and future retirees greater security and a better quality of life.

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, the Minister of Seniors, has received her mandate letter which outlines her top priorities. […]

Minister of Seniors Appointment

In the July, 2018 cabinet shuffle Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created a new federal ministry to address seniors’ issues and appointed Hamilton-area MP Filomena Tassi as Minister of Seniors. (https://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister/honourable-filomena-tassi)

This position will help the government “better understand the needs of Canadian seniors and ensure that programs and services are developed that respond to Canada’s aging population,” Trudeau’s office says.

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CMA “Demand a National Seniors Strategy for Healthcare”

Close to 17% of Canada’s population is 65 or older. By 2031, Statistics Canada projects that one in four Canadians will be seniors.

With Canada’s population aging, maintaining the status quo for seniors health care is not an option. Our health care system was designed a half-century ago, and it has not kept pace with the issues of the elderly in Canada. Today, seniors need better solutions, services and support.

Faced with that reality, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has been demanding that a national seniors strategy be implemented by 2019.

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Estimated Cost of Universal Public Coverage of Prescription Drugs in Canada

An article published an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) estimates the cost of universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada. The authors are Steven G. Morgan PhD, Michael Law PhD, Jamie R. Daw BHSc, MSc, Liza Abraham BSc, and Danielle Martin MD, MPubPol.

This is a summary of that article.

With the exception of Canada, all countries with universal health insurance systems provide universal coverage of prescription drugs. Progress toward universal public drug coverage in Canada has been slow, in part because of concerns about the potential costs. The authors sought to estimate the cost of implementing universal public coverage of prescription drugs in Canada.

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Social Isolation, a Growing Epidemic

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom recently appointed one of her ministers, Tracey Crouch, to lead an inter-governmental group tasked with countering a growing epidemic of social isolation and loneliness.

The appointment was made in response to a report published by the Commission on Loneliness, set up to honor the late Jo Cox, a Labour MP who had campaigned about loneliness and was murdered by a right wing extremist in 2016.

In her announcement Prime Minister May said: “For far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.” and “I want to confront this challenge for our society and for all of us to take action to address the loneliness endured by the elderly, by carers, by those who have lost loved ones – people who have no one to talk to or share their thoughts and experiences with.”

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