Three organizations that focus on palliative care will receive more than $4.5 million in funding
MONCTON, NB, May 10, 2019 /CNW/ - Canadians deserve to live out their lives in comfort and with dignity. They should also have access to care that is appropriate to their needs and that respects their wishes. For this reason, palliative
Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced funding of more than $4.5 million for three palliative care projects. These investments under the Health Care Policy Contribution Program will help strengthen palliative care in Canada by improving access to care at home and in the community for Canadians facing serious and life-threatening illnesses. The funding includes:
These investments demonstrate the Government's commitment to supporting improved access to palliative care for Canadians and complement $6 billion in targeted federal funding provided to provinces and territories to improve access to home and community care services, including palliative care, through multi-year funding agreements. The Government of Canada continues to collaborate with provinces and territories on strengthening health care, including improving access to home, community, and palliative care.
"The Government of Canada understands the vital role that palliative and end-of-life care plays in our health care system. Many Canadians wish to remain independent and want to receive the care they need in their own home or community. This funding means better support for individual Canadians, their families, and caregivers at one of the most difficult times of their lives."
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas TaylorMinister of Health
"The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association is proud to receive this commitment from the Government of Canada to empower more Canadians to access Advance Care Planning. With this support we will be able to help more Canadians plan for their future health needs with Advance Care Planning."
Sharon Baxter, Executive DirectorCanadian Hospice Palliative Care Association
"We applaud the Government of Canada for its commitment to palliative care, and for addressing national gaps in services. Canadian Virtual Hospice will translate this investment into even more bilingual, trusted, and free online services for all Canadians living with advanced illness, caregivers, and other family members and struggling with grief."
Shelly Cory, Executive DirectorCanadian Virtual Hospice
"This initiative has enabled the Canadian Home Care Association to reach out to health care providers and caregivers of individuals with a life-limiting illness, and identify leading practices that are addressing specific service gaps and improve the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of home-based palliative care. We believe this work will be a catalyst to making home care better for all Canadians."
Nadine Henningsen, CEO Canadian Home Care Association
Associated LinksPalliative care Health Care Policy Contribution Program
SOURCE Health Canada
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