MP lauds Sault palliative care during fact
NDP MP Joe Comartin, co chair of the all party Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care, was in Sault Ste. Marie Friday to gather information about improving palliative care in Canada.
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What he saw impressed him: the city is home to one of fewer than 10 residential hospices in Canada, "at a substantially lower cost and, in many cases, a higher level of care," said Comartin.
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In his consultations, he has found that "we lack financial support for both patients and caregivers." He suggested the recommendations may include compassionate care funding under Employment Insurance, which is currently "very narrow and hardly used at all," as well as extending CPP disability payments to include caregivers.
For her part, Ross would like to see more government support, in particular that the "federal government provide leadership for the whole of Canada," and embrace the concept of hospices. Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long Term Care funds ARCH $627,000 a year but the remainder of its $1.3 million operating budget comes from the community.
to spend their last days at home; the reality is that three quarters end up dying in hospital, at a cost of approximately $1,300 a day. Hospice is estimated to cost between $300 and $400.
Ross said the community has warmly embraced the concept of a residential hospice. While living there, people and their families have thrown parties, held baptisms and baby showers and even conducted weddings.
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