The Provision of Health Care for Older People in Canada

The Provision of Health Care for Older People in Canada

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n this section, we describe the organization, financing, and use of home health and social services and nursing home care in Canada. We also explore the human resources issues as they relate to those who care for older adults in their own homes or in institutional care.

The Canadian government is structured as a confederation with responsibilities for health and social policy being constitutionally delegated to the 10 provinces and 3 territories. The key piece of federal legislation governing requirements for federal financial participation in health is the Canada Health Act that sets forth two categories of service: (1) insured services that include primary medical care and acute care and (2) extended health services that include residential long-term care, home care, adult residential care, and ambulatory health services. Only the insured services are covered by the five principals of the act (universality, accessibility, public administration, portability, comprehensiveness and restrictions on user fees and extra billing). Extended health services are funded through the Canada Health and Social Transfer Act.

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1 Human Resource Issues in Home Care 3856
2 Models of Home Care Delivery and Procurement in Canada 3356
3 Conclusion 3065
4 Residential Care Facilities for Older Adults in Canada 6096
5 Home Care in Canada 2280
6 LTC Expenditures in Canada 2204
7 Long-term Care in Canada: Context and Definitions 2210