November 19, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – HealthCareCAN supports CMA President Dr. Christopher Simpson’s call for Ottawa to strategically invest $2.3 Billion in expanding long-term care capacity in Canada’s health system.
The Federal Government’s New Building Canada Fund of $14 Billion over 10 years will support major economic infrastructure projects that have a national, local and regional significance. Healthcare facilities across Canada ought not to have second rate status relative to bridges, airports and even sewers. It needs to be clearer that HealthCareCAN members are eligible to access these infrastructure funds.
“We need to help Canadians get the care they need where they need it and when they need it,” said Bill Tholl, President and CEO, HealthCareCAN. “HealthCareCAN members are facing increasing challenges around Alternate Level of Care patients. We are committed to doing what we can to work with patients and their families to speed up the spread of innovative practices that address the needs of the frail and near frail elderly as well as their caregivers. Hospitals, long-term care home and community care centres look to government to help create the capacity to meet these increased demands.”
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.
For further information and/or to arrange an interview, contact:
Ms. Teresa Neuman, Senior Communications Specialist
Tel.: (613) 241-8005, Extension 205; Mobile:(613) 282-6003;