New federal budget puts Canada on track for palliative care framework – The Catholic Register

March 28, 2017

OTTAWA – With $6 billion earmarked for home and palliative care in the 2017 federal budget, Canada is on track towards making quality end-of-life care more accessible.

“This is really good news,” said Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, whose private member’s Bill C-277 calling for a national palliative care framework has passed the House of Commons Health Committee. It will come up for vote on third reading in April.

Gladu said this is the first time the Liberal government has mentioned palliative care in the budget.

“Everyone is really excited and on board,” she said. “There’s money in the budget and the health minister is moving in a supportive direction. It’s all good news.”

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