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‘One of best outcomes’ of Bill C-14 is push for government to deliver on palliative care: Philpott

By Rachel Aiello      

Testifying before the Senate committee-of-the-whole last week, Health Minister Jane Philpott said it is ‘not acceptable’ that as little as 10 to 15 per cent of Canadians currently have access to high-quality palliative care. With the physician-assisted dying bill nearing passage, the Canadian Medical Association agrees that attention should turn to end-of-life care.

'I believe that all Canadians should have access to high‑quality palliative care,' Health Minister Jane Philpott told the Senate committee-of-the-whole last Wednesday. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Health Minister Jane Philpott says "one of the best outcomes" of Parliament’s study and debate over the government’s hotly contested physician-assisted dying bill is how it's "spurring" parliamentarians to make sure the government acts on creating better access to palliative care in Canada. Testifying during the four-hour the Senate committee-of-the-whole meeting last Wednesday, Ms. Philpott (Markham-Stouffville, Ont.) told Senators she is “deeply committed” to delivering the promised $3-billion for home care, including palliative care. This was an election

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