We’re pleased that the federal government has committed to negotiating a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories that includes a new long-term funding agreement.
A new accord is urgently needed now so that Canada’s publicly-funded health care system can better meet Canadians’ needs while securing greater value for money.
Seniors care is the paramount health care issue of our time and must be the priority for the next Health Accord. Similar to many other industrialized countries, every Canadian jurisdiction is struggling to meet the health care needs of its aging population. In Canada, the proportion of seniors will double over the next 20 years, while the 85 and older group is set to quadruple. By 2036, seniors are expected to make up 25 per cent of the Canadian population.
The good news that Canadians are living longer with a greater degree of independence brings with it the challenge that more and more of our citizens are coping with chronic health conditions.
Our current health care system ― focussed on providing mainly acute, hospital care ― is struggling without a truly national approach to delivering and paying for the care that aging Canadians deserve and need.
Getting seniors care right will not only lead to better outcomes and quality of life for Canada’s elderly population. It will also result in innovations and improvements across the entire health care system. We are not alone in this thinking.
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