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Palliative care, the next step for Canada

By Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu      

If implemented, these priorities would go a long way towards helping Canadians to choose to live as well as they can, for as long as they can.

Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu writes that while the Trudeau government pledged $3-billion for home and palliative care in the 2016 budget and an additional $6-billion over five years in 2017, she was told in December at a House Health Committee meeting that to date, only $200-million has been dispersed. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

With Bill C-277, “An Act Providing for the Development of a Framework on Palliative Care in Canada,” receiving royal assent in December 2017, there is a real opportunity to accelerate plans to fill the gap that exists in palliative care across Canada. Consider that upwards of 70 per cent of Canadians have no access to palliative care—this is truly a national issue. For those that can access services, there are many limitations and costs are only partially covered. So, what should the federal governments’ next steps be?

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