OTTAWA, Aug, 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association would like to make the following statement regarding tonight's televised election debate:
"It is truly unfortunate that the first TV debate in Canada's election campaign did not include thorough discussion of health care. Recently, the Parliamentary Budget Officer warned limits imposed by the federal government on health transfer payments will eventually make it impossible for provinces and territories to handle the costs of an aging population. That should be a wakeup call to all of us.
Across the country we are already seeing overcrowded hospitals, cancelled surgeries, and inadequate supports for seniors to age well in their own homes and communities. Without action and leadership now, things are only going to get worse. Health care matters to most Canadians. It should matter to our political leaders and media too.
There will be other opportunities for our political leaders to address these important issues. Canada's physicians and other Canadians will be looking for concrete proposals from all political leaders on seniors care."
Dr. Chris Simpson,
President, Canadian Medical Association
SOURCE Canadian Medical Association
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