Health Care Analysis

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 168–189 | Cite as

No Longer Home Alone? Home Care and the Canada Health Act

Original Article

Abstract

In this paper, I argue that addressing the medical needs of older persons warrants expanding the array of insured services as described by the Canada Health Act (CHA) to include home care. The growing importance of chronic care supports my call for federally regulated home care services as the nature of disease management has changed significantly in the last decades. In addition, if the values of equity, fairness and solidarity, which are the keystone values of the CHA, are to be upheld within the current social and demographic context, then Canada’s health care system should adapt accordingly. I focus my argument on the services provided to older persons for two main reasons. First, the changing nature of disease management is best seen in this population. If it is to be successfully argued that the transformations in medicine warrant an expansion of insured services covered by the CHA, it will be best illustrated by looking at the needs of older persons. Second, with the demographic shift looming large in the policy agenda, an exploration of this issue is not only crucial but timely.

Keywords

Aging Home care Canada Health Act Equity Fairness Solidarity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophySaint Paul UniversityOttawaCanada

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