HealthcarePapers 15(4) April 2016 : 41-44.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2016.24588

A Fifth Option for Funding Long-Term Care in Canada – Shift the Resources from Medical Treatment and Universal Pension Entitlements

J.C. Herbert Emery


Needs for non-medical residential care services, long-term care (LTC), will increase over the next 30 years as Canada's population ages. Adams and Vanin (2016) explore four options for raising the public and private monies required to meet LTC needs. In this commentary, I raise a fifth option for finding the resources to meet emerging LTC needs. An alternative approach is to divert resources from Canada's well-resourced, but inefficient, medical treatment system. The dividend of provinces pursuing long overdue reforms to medicare is the liberation of public funds to finance emerging priorities for Canadians like LTC.



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