Society says better home and palliative care will benefit patients, health system

15 September 2015

Toronto -

The Canadian Cancer Society supports federal action to improve home and palliative care, as promised by NDP leader Tom Mulcair this week.

“With Canada facing a 40% projected increase in cancer cases over the next 15 years, we must fill the gaps in our national patchwork of palliative care services before more Canadians fall through the cracks,” says Gabriel Miller, Director, Public Issues, Canadian Cancer Society. “This commitment is a welcome step forward in making sure all Canadians have access to palliative care and we call on all federal parties to support improved palliative care.”

Improving access to home and palliative care is essential to meeting Canadians’ health needs and sustaining our healthcare system. Delivering more health services in the home will make life better for many patients and families while reducing the need for expensive hospital stays.

“The results of this improved access will include better patient outcomes and more sustainable costs for the Canadian health system,” says Mr. Miller.

The Society is calling on all federal parties to make health a priority in the 2015 election campaign, and to support policies that will contribute to the eradication of cancer, the sustainability of our health systems, and enhanced quality of life for patients and their families.

About the Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website www.cancer.ca or call our toll-free, bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333.

For more information, please contact:

Brooke Kelly

Communications Coordinator

Canadian Cancer Society

National office

Phone: 416-934-5321