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COVID-19 shows support for home care long overdue

By Kelli Stajduhar and Tanya Sanders      

Home-care nurses face mounting pressures to get people with increasingly complex medical and social care needs out of hospitals without any substantial investment in publicly funded home care. 

Health Minister Patty Hajdu, pictured with chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. Home care has never been encompassed under the Canada Health Act, and decades of cutbacks to federal health transfer payments under previous federal governments have shifted greater proportions of the costs of home care to the provinces. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The global pandemic of COVID-19 has brought long-standing gaps in the Canadian care system sharply into focus, particularly for older adults who cannot live independently. As we collectively grasp the enormity of the troubling living conditions for Canada’s residents of long term care, and the resultant deaths due to the pandemic, we must also consider how such tragedy could have been prevented—or at least minimized.

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