NDP announces measures aimed at seniors

$537-million package focused on home- and long-term care

A healthcare plan for seniors was the focus of NDP Leader Jack Layton’s visit to the B.C. Interior on Wednesday. “Seniors are the fastest-growing age group in this country,” Layton said. “And they are looking to be assured that quality and accessible health care will be available when they need it.” As PM, Layton said he would get sick seniors out of hospital beds and into more appropriate care at home or facilities that specialize in long-term treatment. He also said the NDP would bring the provinces and territories to negotiate the next phase of the federal transfer agreement which must address home care and long term care. Additionally, the NDP would provide access to home care for an additional 100,000 families a year, and make home care and long-term care insured services under the Canada Health Act. The whole package of measures would cost taxpayers $537 million according to NDP estimates.

The Globe and Mail

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