Health-care funding reform needed to address aging population

Older Canadians endure the tyranny of public institutions that decide the level of home care provided and even when they should leave home

Health-care funding reform needed to address aging populationFunding home care and long-term care is fast becoming the main challenge of our outdated medicare system. The system was developed in the mid-20th century for a young population that mostly required acute care from hospitals and physicians. But that need is changing rapidly with our aging population. The Canada Health Act states that all…

Preparing the health workforce for an aging population

The health needs of seniors are getting more complicated as people live longer, and we need a workforce that can keep up

Preparing the health workforce for an aging populationBy Gregory Huyer and Ivy Lynn Bourgeault University of Ottawa We know Canada’s population is aging. In 2015, the proportion of seniors surpassed that of youth under 15 for the first time. And the gap will continue to widen over the next 20 years. But who will look after them? There has been much discussion about…

Time to rethink health-care policy for the elderly

We need an integrated system for older adults that increases the quality and continuity of care

Time to rethink health-care policy for the elderlyWe need to revisit conventional thinking on health-care services for seniors so the system is sustainable for all Canadians. To do that, we need to overcome a number of misperceptions. First, there is a belief that a growing seniors population will result in runaway costs that bankrupt the health-care system. But research shows that growth in…

Expanding CPP won’t help most financially vulnerable seniors

Seniors living alone are much more likely to be in low income than other seniors and won't be helped by any CPP expansion

Expanding CPP won’t help most financially vulnerable seniorsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. June 6, 2016/ Troy Media/ - After years of debate, the Trudeau Liberals have rekindled the push to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), with the federal government [popup url="http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/docs/plan/budget2016-en.pdf" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]committed[/popup] to achieving an agreement with the provinces. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will…

Why Canadians need to have end of life conversations

People who have end of life conversations with their doctors and family members are much more likely to be satisfied with their care

Why Canadians need to have end of life conversationsCanadians are likely to have many important conversations with their loved ones over the holidays, but probably most won’t talk about what should happen in the event they can no longer speak or make medical decisions for themselves. It’s what’s called Advance Care Planning, and while experts say most of us should do this well…
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