Harper Government Announces Investment to Support Palliative Care - Offering Compassionate Care Outside of a Hospital Setting

Factsheet: Palliative Care - Moving towards community-integrated care for Canadians

OTTAWA, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, today announced a Harper Government investment in support of the development of new palliative care models.

"Canadians who are ill and are at the end of their lives need and deserve compassionate care that is seamless and tailored to their needs," said Minister Aglukkaq. "That is why our Government is providing funding for the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and its partners to improve access to palliative care for Canadians and support the sustainability of the health care system."

"When our health is failing, we want to be in a place that feels like home but has the medical resources needed for palliative care." said Minister of State Wong. "Our goal is to help improve the quality of life of people living with life-threatening illnesses."

The Harper Government's one-time funding contribution will facilitate the delivery of palliative care in a range of settings, and by a variety of care providers, so that these services are provided in a cost-effective and sustainable way. Health Canada supports Canada-wide initiatives that raise quality standards for hospice palliative care delivery, support caregivers, and contribute to raising public awareness and sharing of knowledge.

"As Canada's population ages, it becomes increasingly important for us to build a system of community-integrated hospice palliative care," said Ms. Sharon Baxter, Executive Director, Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.  "This funding will help with the development of hospice palliative care at a community level that is more easily accessible to Canadians and their families."

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA) is a national, non-profit association for which the mission is to provide leadership in improving the quality of living and dying for persons with progressive life-limiting illness and their families. The organization also provides a strong voice and national leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada.

SOURCE Health Canada

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