B-02 LONG TERM HEALTH-CARE
The following is a consideration of where ACER-CART stands in terms of Health Policy, particularly in the area of long term health care.
- General Policy on Health:
- ACER-CART supports and accepts as policy the continued acceptance of the five core principles of the Canada Health Act (1984): universality, access, comprehensiveness, portability and public administration as the basis of any future national or provincial health care policy.
- To ensure that national standards for medicare are adhered to, free from undue political influence, ACER-CART supports the establishment of a National Medicare Oversight Council independent of government. Its mandate would be to monitor the implementation of national standards and, where advisable, to propose new ones.
- ACER-CART supports the establishment of a funding formula which would clarify the proportion of financing for health care which could be expected on a long term basis from taxation revenues collected by the various levels of government: federal, provincial/territorial and municipal.
- To meet the growing demands for home care, particularly for seniors, ACERCART supports the establishment of a long term national plan for home care as an integral part of health care services for those who would benefit from such care.
- To ensure fairness in the cost of medications especially pertaining to seniors, ACER-CART supports the development of a plan and a framework for a national ACER-CART POLICIES 5 June 2 2013 pharmacare program to be created and implemented in a reasonable length of time.
- With a view to meeting the special health care needs of seniors, Governments, federal and provincial, should work towards the creation of geriatric centres whose mandate would include the provision of health care to the elderly outside of hospital settings.
- ACER-CART supports the inclusion of hearing aids, eye glasses and diabetic supplies in publicly insured programs.
- Long Term Health Care:
- Long term health care, pharmacare, visual health care are but some of the main health issues facing seniors.
- In the area of long term health care, Governments, federal and provincial, should provide adequate resources to enable seniors to:
- receive long term care as long as possible in their own homes, with care provided by trained personnel and medication provided through publicly administered hospital insurance;
- have access when it becomes necessary to long term care homes with the same provisions for nursing care and medication delivery as would be provided in a hospital setting;
- live in dignity in their own homes and with a standard of living, when spouses have to be institutionalized, that is not threatened by ruinous income splitting.
- While income may be used as a means test, its division should be assessed with recognition that one spouse left to live in a community when one is institutionalized has much more than half of the living expenses that were needed before separation. When governments assess the contributions towards long term institutional or home care, hard earned and often frugally saved assets should not be taken into account.