As Canadians are living longer and with increasing rates of chronic diseases, the kind of care they need is best delivered in the community and at home, not necessarily in hospitals and in doctors' offices. However, the reality is that for many patients, these care options are simply not available or adequate to meet their needs. On any given day, approximately 15% of hospital beds are occupied by patients who would be better off or would prefer to receive their care at home or in a community-based setting.
That is why the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, today highlighted the importance of the Budget 2017 investments for home care during a visit to the Saint Elizabeth Centre in
The federal government plans to provide targeted funding of
These investments are in addition and complementary to federal investments announced in Budget 2017 of
With 12 provinces and territories having accepted the federal offer of funding for home care, the
“Ensuring better access to home, palliative, and community-based care leads to better support for patients, at a more affordable cost. With an aging population and increasing rates of chronic diseases, this is one of the ways our system must adapt if it is to deliver better care.”
Minister of Health