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Our population is aging, and our health care system is falling behind.

Canadians need a national seniors strategy. One that meets the health care needs of our seniors. One that sees significant investments for long-term care and home care. One that supports our unpaid caregivers. If you agree, become a supporter today.
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The population of seniors over the age of 65 in Canada has increased by 20% since 2011.

The population of seniors over the age of 65 in Canada has increased by 20% since 2011. In fact, 17% of Canadians are aged 65 or older. Seniors are expected to make up more than one-third of the population in some provinces by 2056.

As our population ages, health care inefficiencies will grow. Our health care system, which was established over half a century ago, was designed to meet the needs of a much younger population. When Medicare was enacted in 1966, the median age of Canadians was 25.5 years. Today, it’s 40.6 years and is expected to rise in the next decade.

Our health care system must adapt and evolve to meet the increasingly complex needs of today’s seniors. We need to see a significant investment in home care and long-term care facilities. We need more support for all caregivers, formal and informal. And we need all levels of government to work together.

CMA’s Policy Recommendations:

What can our federal government do?

To meet the increasingly complex needs of our aging population and to ensure our health care system is there for us when we need it, CMA Health Advocates is calling on our federal government to make the following policy recommendations a top priority:

  • Commit to creating a Seniors Care Benefits program, which would directly support seniors and caregivers. Similar to the Child Care Benefit program, it would offset the high out-of-pocket health costs that burden caregivers and patients.
  • Commit to implementing a new demographic-based top-up to the Canada Health Transfer based on the proportion of older persons in a province or territory. This would alleviate fiscal pressures, free up hospital beds, build better community care models, and ensure all seniors get the best care possible.
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If health care is one of your top priorities, join thousands of Canadians from across the country who are speaking up. Become a CMA Health Advocate today and help advocate for better care for all Canadians. Together, we can get health care back on the agenda.

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