Healthcare

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the cracks in our healthcare system and reminded us all of the need to strengthen it. Canada’s Conservatives believe that the federal government should pay its fairshare. Under the last Conservative government, federal transfers to the provinces grew at 6% per year. Unfortunately, in 2017, the Trudeau government cut this in half, putting lives at risk.

Canada’s Conservatives will take immediate action to restore health funding and to tackle the urgent crises of mental health and addiction.

Secure, Predictable Funding

Canada’s Conservatives will meet with the Premiers within the first 100 days of forming government to propose a new health agreement with the provinces and territories that boosts the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least 6%. This will inject nearly $60 billion into our healthcare system over the next ten years.

Supporting Canadians Suffering from Addiction

Canada’s Conservatives will treat the opioid epidemic as the health issue that it is. We believe that law enforcement should focus on dealers and traffickers. The last thing that those suffering from addiction should have to worry about is being arrested. Any interaction the government has with them should focus on keeping them safe and helping them recover.

To help more Canadians recover from addiction, Canada’s Conservatives will revise the federal government’s substance abuse policy framework to make recovery its overarching goal. We will reorient the Canadian Drugs and Substances Strategy towards ensuring that everyone suffering from addiction has the opportunity to recover and to lead a drug-free life and that all policies that fall under the Strategy have the reduction of harm and promotion of recovery as their objectives.

To realize this goal, we will:
  • Invest $325 million over the next three years to create 1,000 residential drug treatment beds and build 50 recovery community centres across the country. This will give spaces to those who suffer from addiction, their families, and those who have recovered where they can get the help they need and support each other.
  • Support innovative approaches to address the crises of mental health challenges and addiction, such as land-based treatment programs developed and managed by Indigenous communities as part of a plan to enhance the delivery of culturally appropriate addictions treatment and prevention services in First Nations communities with high needs.
  • Partner with the provinces to ensure that Naloxone kits are available for free across Canada.

Building on Canadian Leadership in Medical Isotopes

Canada began regular production of radioisotopes in 1947 and, since then, we have been one of the world’s leaders in the development and application of nuclear medicine.

From treating cancers and other diseases to the sterilization of single-use medical devices, medical isotopes save lives every day and protect healthcare workers worldwide. But Canada is losing its leadership position in this critical area. Now is the time for the federal government to develop a National Isotope Strategy to solidify our role as a global health care innovation leader and isotope superpower.

Canada’s Conservatives will develop and implement a National Isotope Strategy that will establish
a framework for cooperation in which governments, nuclear reactor and accelerator owners and operators, and other stakeholders can work together to prevent, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disruptions of critical infrastructure and, most importantly, continue to move forward with research and development of critical isotopes to improve people’s lives.

Supporting Canadians Who Are Suffering

Canada’s Conservatives believe that the Government of Canada should have appealed the Quebec Superior Court decision on Medical Assistance in Dying. Instead, the Trudeau government passed a vague law with no safeguards that devalues human life.

When it comes to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), Conservatives will:

  • Reinstate the ten-day waiting period to make sure somebody does not make this decision at their lowest point.
  • Restore the requirement for two fully independent witnesses to ensure that a vulnerable person is not being forced or coerced.
  • Require that any discussion of MAID only occur if raised by the patient and prevent healthcare workers from suggesting it to someone who is not seeking it. Canadians living with disabilities report regularly being in situations where MAID is suggested to or pushed on them and report how this undermines their sense of security in healthcare environments.
  • Repealing the Bill C-7 provision allowing MAID for those with mental health challenges. Require any patient receiving MAID to be informed/reminded immediately before receiving it and given the opportunity to withdraw consent.
  • Protect the right of patients to choose to receive care in a MAID-free environment.
  • Require healthcare practitioners approving MAID requests (MAID accessors) to examine andconsult directly with the patient before approving the request (with allowances made forvirtually-enabled examination where required).
  • Require MAID assessors to complete MAID assessor training to ensure full awareness of and compliance with laws and best practices around MAID.

 

We will also invest in palliative care.

• To help Canada become a place where all Canadians who suffer are offered relief, we will double the direct federal investments in palliative care. The Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association has estimated that under 30 percent of Canadians who need it have access to palliative care services.

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