FAMILY DOCTORS CALL FOR NATIONAL HOME-CARE FOR SENIORS

Nov 12, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Canada’s 31,000 family doctors say it’s time that Ottawa develop a national home-care strategy for seniors.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is also calling for improved health care for young people – including the elimination of child poverty by 2020.

The doctors say our health-care system needs to focus more on home and community-based care, under a national home-care strategy.

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And they want that strategy in place – within two years.

The document says providing health-care at home allows older Canadians to retain their independence and dignity within familiar surroundings – while reducing hospital admissions.

It also says child poverty harms early childhood development, and the college wants Ottawa to develop a strategy to wipe-out the problem by the end of the decade.

The doctors say young people need a safe and secure environment, opportunities for physical and mental development – as well as access to a range of health-care resources – no matter what their socioeconomic status is.

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