Palliative Care – C-277

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Recent MY Canada National Updates On This Topic:

June 1st, 2017 – Exciting News: Palliative Care Bill C-277 Receives Unanimous Support in the House of Commons

Jan 25th, 2017 – Upcoming Debate on Bill C-277: Giving Canadians Guaranteed Access to Palliative Care

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Overview:

In May 2016, MP for Sarnia-Lambton Marilyn Gladu introduced her private members’ bill C-277, “an act providing for the development of a framework on palliative care in Canada,” which calls on the ministry of health to work with palliative care professionals and provincial leaders in health to implement nation-wide palliative care standards. Especially now that assisted suicide is legal in Canada, Canadians deserve real choice and the option of choosing life when it comes to end-of-life care.

On June 1st, Gladu announced that the bill received unanimous support in the House of Commons and would move to the Senate for voting and debate. 

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Current Palliative Care Facts:

  • There are only 200 hospices in Canada.
  • Only 16-30% of Canadians who die currently have access to or receive hospice palliative and end-of-life care services.
  • Support for hospice palliative care is almost unanimous, with the vast majority of Canadians (96%) being supportive, including 66% who are very supportive.
  • Almost 70% of Canadian deaths occur in a hospital.
  • Hospice palliative care programs allow patients to gain more control over their lives, manage pain and symptoms more effectively, and provides support to family caregivers. 
  • The cost of dying in Canada ranges from as low as $10,000 for a sudden death to between $30,000 and $40,000 for someone with a terminal disease. It is estimated that, compared to usual acute care, hospital-based hospice palliative care may save the health care system approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per patient

(Facts quoted from the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association)

Bill C-277 Would:

  • Provide a definition for palliative care,
  • Identify the training needed for palliative care professionals, 
  • Ensure consistent access to palliative care in Canada
  • Consider amending the Canada Health Act to include palliative care as a guaranteed healthcare option
  • Outline periodical report releases from the Minister of Health, highlighting any concerns or recommendations.

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What You Can Do:

1- Pray:

Please pray that the Senate would unanimously support Bill C-277 and that Canada would adopt a national palliative care strategy offering Canadians true choice regarding end of life care. Please pray for a healing and hope revival so that Canadians would be healed and that those facing end-of-life would choose life rather than assisted suicide.