HealthcarePapers 11(1) April 2011 : 30-35.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2011.22249

Politics of a Policy for Aging in Canada

Sharon Carstairs and Michelle L. MacDonald


Canada's health and social care system is paralyzed by our decentralized federalist governing structure. Public policy change, such as that suggested by Chappell and Hollander, will require a new political paradigm that recognizes the need for a multi-sectoral, co-operative approach to integrated systems of care delivery. The federal government must provide the necessary leadership, and the provinces and territories must show the political will to co-operate if Canada is to embrace the challenges of an aging population.



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