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Federal retirees want action on new Health Accord​​

Ottawa, November 30, 2016 – Today in Ottawa, the National Association of Federal Retirees (Federal Retirees) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) wrapped up its first round of Canada-wide town hall meetings on the urgent need to address seniors care.

Federal Retirees members gathered in communities including Charlottetown, Halifax, Regina, Edmonton and Kelowna to discuss how Canada can do better when it comes to taking care of its aging population. Seniors and panelists alike were clear: Canada can, and must, do better on seniors health care – and a new Health Accord is the right time to do it.

“Canada needs an integrated continuum of care for seniors that addresses the gaps we have right now between homecare, palliative and long-term care, as well as pharmaceutical coverage,” said Federal Retirees’ President Jean-Guy Soulière. “We cannot continue to deliver health care, or even to continue to discuss it, in a siloed, piecemeal approach. Seniors are calling for cooperation and action.”

"Canadians are saying clearly that they want leadership in the form of a new national Health Accord and they want it now," said Dr. Granger Avery, the CMA President. "Recognizing that Canadians consistently place health care in the top three of issues, this inaction is both surprising and disappointing."

Federal Retirees and the CMA will continue their efforts to take the pulse of Canadians, including from their respective memberships, on how best to influence legislators to get this Health Accord right for all. The input and thoughts gathered from retirees and the public will be captured in a report that will be presented to federal, provincial and territorial ministers of health.