Review of Parliamentary and Senate Reports

Report Title: Synthesis of Recommendations from National Reports on Hospice Palliative Care (May 2012)

Since 1995, there have been nine major national consultations with Canadians dealing in whole or in part with hospice palliative and end-of-life care. The nine final reports from these studies contain a total of 85 recommendations for improving care for the dying and their families. The 85 recommendations can be grouped into five broad policy categories: access to care; supports for family caregivers; quality of care; advance care planning and public awareness; and federal responsibility. This discussion paper summarizes the 85 recommendations from the nine national reports, examines the continued relevance of these recommendations and identifies recommendations that are still important to implement as potential priority areas for The Way Forward initiative.

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For your consideration:

Although progress has been made on implementing many of the 85 recommendations from the nine national reports issued between 1995 and 2000, there are still recommendations from all the reports that remain relevant and can help inform the work of The Way Forward initiative.

  1. What do you think, for example, of these recommendations?

    - Establish a refundable tax credit for family caregivers.
  2. - Ensure palliative care services are covered under all federal, provincial, and territorial health insurance plans, perhaps by including them as an insured service under theCanada Health Act, thereby recognizing a right to home care, long term care and palliative care for all Canadians.
  3. Are there other recommendations you feel are of greater importance?
  4. What gap most needs to be addressed to create an integrated palliative approach to care?