Here is the start of a Globe & Mail article the other day, and it totally supports our ealirer UK posting on this subject:
System must focus on senior care strategy
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The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition)
19 August, 2013
Canadians have little confidence in the ability of the health-care system to meet the needs of a burgeoning number of seniors and they are looking to government to shift their priorities and come up with a plan.
That’s the message that emerges from a new poll commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association.
“The anxiety Canadians have about health care in their socalled golden years is both real and well-founded,” said Anna Reid, outgoing president of the CMA.
Nationwide, three in five respondents said they believed there would not be sufficient hospital beds, long-term care and home-care services to meet demand in their golden years.
However, there are significant regional differences. In Quebec, for example, 56 per cent of those polled said the health system is ready for the so-called grey tsunami, compared to 31 per cent in Atlantic Canada.
Where there is near-unanimous agreement – 93 per cent – is around the idea that governments should unite to develop a comprehensive seniors’ strategy. A large number of respondents, 78 per cent, said Ottawa should play a significant role in developing the strategy, despite the federal government’s stand that health is strictly a provincial matter.
“Let there be no doubt that a national strategy for seniors’ health care should be a federal priority,” Dr. Reid said.
She added that the poll results send a strong message that the public wants action.
The repeating key point is that the system can't deliver to meet our expectations about eldercare. We need to work harder than ever to plan ahead, to research needed resources, to define and enlist the help of others… lots to do! And we can't start soon enough anymore.