MDs want funding for seniors in new health accord

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The president of the Canadian Medical Association says the federal government must make sure health-care professionals have the resources they need to care for Canada's aging population.

Dr. Cindy Forbes says that includes funding for long-term care, home care and for caregivers.

The group has developed several recommendations it would like to see in a new health accord, including more funding for provinces with larger populations of seniors and coverage of prescription drugs.

The last health accord expired in 2014 and, after refusing to renegotiate it, the previous Conservative government declared that the annual six-per-cent increase in social program funding to the provinces, which are responsible for providing health care, would end in 2017. The Liberals promised in their election platform to restart negotiations, but the details have yet to be determined.

Forbes says the CMA is "optimistic" about a new health accord, but it's important to have debate in order to make sure long-term funding is stable and covers patients' needs.

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