Palliative and Home Care


Moved by Liberal Party of Canada (Alberta)

Priority Resolution

WHEREAS thousands of Canadians suffer unnecessarily each year because they have no access to palliative care, which unduly increases the use of emergency healthcare1;

WHEREAS palliative care improves the quality of life of patients and families;

WHEREAS publicly funded and administered health care is increasingly under pressure to cut services2;

WHEREAS delivery of long-term care, home care, mental health services and comprehensive pharmaceutical and wellness programs is neither universal nor consistent in its quality and support across Canada, with only 15% having access to quality palliative care3;

WHEREAS national Pharmacare, the sale of marijuana, and less demand for acute care will result in savings that can be redirected to home and palliative care;

BE IT RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government craft new, fully cost accounted legislation to implement, in cooperation with the Provinces and Territories, national programs in home and palliative care that are universal and accountable and complementary to the Canada Health Act4;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government establish, implement and enforce measurable Standards of Quality Care though legislation to ensure compliance;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that such standards include integration of palliative care across all sectors of the health care continuum not just at end of the patient care;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal Liberal Government make innovation in healthcare delivery a priority, with consideration given to the successful Canadian cooperatives model and to the most successful European nations5.

1Church, E. (2016). Canadians lack proper access to palliative care, study finds. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canadians-lack-proper-access-to-palliative-care-study-finds/article28122378/
Blackwell, T. (2015). Last month of life costs health-care system $14k on average: report. The National Post. Retrieved from http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/last-month-of-life-costs-health-care-system-14k-on-average-report

2Stunden Bower, S. and Campanella, D. (2013). From Bad to Worse: Residential elder care in Alberta. Parkland Institute. Retrieved from http://www.parklandinstitute.ca/from_bad_to_worse_residential_elder_care_in_alberta

3Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc. (2012). CLHIA Report On Long-Term Care Policy: Improving The Accessibility, Quality And Sustainability Of Long-Term Care In Canada. Retrieved from https://www.clhia.ca/domino/html/clhia/CLHIA_LP4W_LND_Webstation.nsf/ resources/Content_PDFs/$file/LTC_Policy_Paper.pdf

4Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care. (2011). Not to be Forgotten: Care of Vulnerable Canadians. Retrieved from http://pcpcc-cpspsc.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/ReportEN.pdf

5Baxter, R. et al. (2014). How is the positive deviance approach applied within healthcare organizations: A systematic review of methods used. BMC Health Services Research. 14 (Supp 2), 7. Retrieved from http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6963/14/S2/P7
Girard, J. (2014). Better health and social care: How are co-ops and mutual boosting innovation and access worldwide: An international survey of co-ops and mutual at work in the health and social care sector. Montreal: LPS Productions. Retrieved from http://www.ica-ap.coop/sites/all/themes/ica_theme/ica_images/International-survey-co_op- and-mutual-Health-and-social-care-CMHSC-14.pdf
Canadian Co-operative Association. (2011). Co-operatives: Building blocks for an innovative economy. Retrieved from http://www.coopscanada.coop/assets/firefly/files/files/CDI_Renewal_Proposal_FINAL_EN.pdf