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Clear plan for home and palliative care needed, says Society

22 March 2016

Ottawa -

Following today’s budget the federal government must clarify its plan for making new investments in home and palliative care.

In its 2015 election platform the government promised $3 billion over the next 4 years to improve these critical services. While we understand the government remains committed to addressing this issue, today’s budget does not explain how or when new federal investments will be delivered.

By providing proper home and palliative care, we can reduce the number of Canadians forced into emergency wards and hospital beds while improving life for patients and reducing costs for our overstretched health systems.

As part of the new health accord it is developing with provinces and territories, the federal government must ensure all Canadians can access affordable, high-quality palliative care in the setting of their choice and this commitment must be part of any government response to the issue of assisted dying.

Finally, we are very pleased that the government has committed to continue funding the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is to eradicate cancer and enhance the quality of life of people living with cancer. Thanks to our donors and volunteers, the Society has the most impact, against the most cancers, in the most communities in Canada. For more information, visit cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1-888-939-3333 (TTY 1-866-786-3934). 

For more information, please contact:

Rosie Hales

Communications Specialist

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416 934-5338