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Canada needs a national seniors strategy

Canadians are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. We need a health care system that can keep up. The CMA, and our 50,000 Demand a Plan public supporters, continue to press the federal government to develop a national seniors strategy.

A national strategy on seniors care is needed to help seniors get better access to efficient high-quality care, which will in turn help ensure Canadians of all ages gain improved access to care. How? When seniors care is delivered effectively, our health resources are used more efficiently, providing care where and when it is needed. It makes sense, and it is good economics.

Seniors plan recommendations

Improving the efficiency, availability and quality of health care for our seniors means our system must evolve. This evolution in health care requires a strategic approach targeting key areas, specifically:

  • Developing a coordinated home care plan so seniors can get the support they need to stay in their homes longer;
  • Creating a national strategy for palliative and end-of-life care;
  • Boosting key infrastructure investments to improve and provide more residential care options for seniors; and
  • Enhancing financial support for family caregivers by making tax credits refundable.

Demand a seniors plan for Canada

To help spread the word on the need for action, Demand a Plan supporters have written over 100,000 letters and emails to Parliamentarians demanding better health care for seniors in Canada. They’ve also shared countless messages of support on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.