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.
In advance of the 2018 federal budget, the CMA made a series of recommendations to the federal Finance Committee on increasing funding for seniors care. We’re recommending that the Government of Canada develop a seniors plan that expands long-term care and home care capacity. This plan will improve health care for seniors and others, create new jobs and add billions of dollars annually to our economy. In short, better seniors care is key to a more efficient, effective and equitable health care system for all Canadians.
Here are the five recommendations:
- A national seniors strategy: Targeted funding for a national seniors strategy
- Investing in residential care facilities: More investment in residential care facilities for our seniors
- Caregiver tax credit: Amend and improve awareness of the Canada Caregiver Credit
- Home care funding: Develop explicit operating principles for home care funding
- Acute care study: Convene a study on appropriate use of acute care for elderly people
The CMA has created a Website, Demand a Plan, where you can read more details about their initiatives to improve the lives of seniors.