Provincial and federal health ministers will be meeting in Vancouver this week, and hopes are high some of the conversation will focus on healthcare for seniors.
Daniel Fontaine is with the BC Care Providers association, a non-profit representing BC’s continuing care sector.
“We have an aging population, and we have people living longer, many of whom have chronic diseases and many challenges as they get older. We are not dealing with it in a strategic way. We are really dealing with it in a piecemeal fashion.”
Fontaine says he’s also hoping to see a national dementia strategy implemented, something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised on the campaign trail.
“If we don’t address issues like Alzheimer’s, we will be very pressed to deliver the kind of health care everybody needs moving into the next several decades.”
The United States, France, Australia, the UK, and many other countries already have similar strategies.
Fontaine is also echoing sentiments from Premier Christy Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake earlier this week regarding the funding formula for seniors health.
“Provinces like British Columbia who do have an older population are not receiving on a per-capital basis the same amount as other provinces.”
The meetings start on Wednesday.