Good news for seniors in British Columbia! The federal and provincial governments have announced a joint investment of $733 million over the next five years to improve their healthcare. This comes on top of a previous $1.2 billion agreement to streamline health data and attract foreign healthcare professionals.
What’s included in the new funding?
- More home and community care: This will help seniors stay in their homes longer, where they often prefer to be.
- Improved access to palliative and end-of-life care: This ensures seniors receive compassionate and dignified care at the end of their lives.
- Enhanced long-term care: This will focus on improving the quality of services in long-term care facilities.
Why is this important?
- Aging population: British Columbia’s senior population is growing rapidly, leading to increased demand for healthcare services.
- COVID-19 impact: The pandemic disproportionately affected seniors, highlighting the need for better support.
- Adrian Dix, B.C. Health Minister: “This agreement reflects the needs of a changing society… We are investing to meet the need for high-quality, safe, dignified care for seniors.”
- Mark Holland, Canada Health Minister: “We have an aging population, but we have to rise and meet that challenge.”
Overall, this is a positive step towards improving the healthcare experience for seniors in British Columbia.