Federal Election 2019


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To influence, we need to understand. 

To understand, we need to question.

Then we need to vote!

 

In 2019, senior citizens will have the opportunity to influence our national government’s leadership. National policies, and especially the funding supporting them, are the frameworks for programming and services at the provincial/territorial and municipal levels (see our Federal Election Briefs below).

To vote in federal elections, individuals must be citizens of Canada. However, even non-citizens can participate and make important contributions. We can all:

  • Inform candidates of policies and programmes that are in the interest of seniors (and often of other groups, such as children and vulnerable adults).
  • Tell family, friends, and colleagues about our concerns and issues and then discuss options and solutions with them.
  • Encourage others to question, to become informed, and, where qualified, to vote.
  • Attend meetings and ask questions.

Provinces and territories are responsible for delivering and programming health services. However, national policy frameworks provide a foundation and guidance for them to take needed action.

Care Watch has identified two new national policy frameworks – a national seniors’ strategy and a national pharmacare strategy – that will significantly contribute to the range and quality of home care and community support services in our communities. Even more importantly, they will significantly contribute to the quality of our lives as we age.

Care Watch Ontario advocates for a comprehensive and equitable system of home care and community support services to help older adults age safely in their own homes and communities and avoid unnecessary institutionalization.  Policies and funding for health care, affordable housing, and a range of other services directly and indirectly affect home care and community support services.

Care Watch Ontario is offering some information and resources regarding these priority policies. The actual delivery and programming of health services is a provincial/territorial government responsibility. However, national policy frameworks, such as those being advocated, provide a foundation and guidance for other government levels to take needed action. The Canada Health Act is a prime example of such a national policy framework. Therefore, we have also included a discussion of the Canada Health Act’s principles in the context of home care and community support services.

Equally important, we have suggested some questions you can use when you speak with candidates. Their answers can help you decide how to vote.

Priority National Policies:

  • Applying Canada Health Act principles to home care and community support services
  • National Seniors’ Strategy
  • National Pharmacare

Federal Election Briefs

Applying Canada Health Act principles to home care and community support services

The application of the Canada Health Act (CHA) principles to home care and community support services is a prime example of the value of national frameworks.

To spark discussion, we examine the CHA’s five legislated principles (public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility), how they could apply in the context of a home care and community support services system, and the values they reflect. We also note the additional principles of equity and solidarity, which are implicit in the legislation. Included are some examples from Ontario.

Brief: Applying Canada Health Act Principles to Home Care and Community Support Services, 16 August 2019

What can you do? Make sure that candidates and parties understand where home care and community support services fit in and are committed to action.

Pharmacare for All – A National Framework

Canada is the only country in the world that has universal medical care without universal prescription drug coverage. Yet, prescription medications are critical to our health and our lives.

Care Watch Ontario advocates for access to medically necessary medications without financial barriers. A national pharmacare strategy would bring us one step closer to that vision.

Care Watch believes that establishing a national pharmacare scheme (for securing, managing, purchasing, and distributing necessary prescription drugs) is a policy issue with significant implications for the lives and well-being of seniors, and that it needs to be addressed during the October 2019 federal election.

Care Watch calls for Canada to work with provincial and territorial governments and with stakeholders to develop a pharmacare strategy and establish a universal, single-payer public pharmacare programme.

Brief: Pharmacare for All – A National Framework, September 5, 2019

What can you do? Make sure that candidates and parties understand where home care and community support services fit in and are committed to action.

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