OTTAWA, Oct. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association salutes
the direction taken by provincial- territorial health ministers on the
importance of seniors care, CMA President Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti
said. The CMA has been urging all levels of government, including
municipal, to develop a pan-Canadian approach to provide care for our
"Now it is time for the federal government to step up to the plate and
work with the provincial and territorial and municipal governments to
develop and implement a pan-Canadian senior's strategy for senior's
health care," he said. This is what Canadians want them to do."
Dr. Francescutti was commenting on a communique issued yesterday by the
provincial and territorial health ministers after a day-long meeting in
In recognition of Canada's aging population and growing health care
demands, the ministers said in a press release they discussed the need
for "a better continuum of care" to support seniors aging at home and
in the community.
The ministers also discussed to the need to ensure seniors have
high-quality supports to avoid hospitalization or return home after
hospitalization, as well as the importance of proper diagnosis and
high-quality care for seniors with dementia.
Four in five Canadians (85%) believe it is time for Canada to develop a
comprehensive seniors strategy for long-term care and home care given
the aging population of baby boomer, according to a July poll by Ipsos
Reid for the CMA.
The ministers also discussed appropriateness of care. "Canada's
physicians continue to advocate for appropriateness of care as long as
the first objective is the quality of care provided to patients," Dr.
Francescutti added. "There can be no substitute for quality care as an
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional
organization representing more than 78,000 of Canada's physicians and
comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51
national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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