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COVID-19: Long-Term Care a Federal Option?

Tue, Jun 9, 2020

We know ground zero in the battle with COVID-19 is in long term care homes. Is it time to take it away from the provinces and put it in the hands of the federal government?

More than 8 in 10 deaths from the pandemic have occurred in long term care. Ontario and Quebec are primarily dealing with the most. BC was hard-hit when the virus first appeared in Canada, but was able to clamp down on cases. The situation has many looking inward. How did we let the most vulnerable be most at risk?

Two weeks ago, we spoke to Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath about whether long term care should be uploaded to the federal government and she saw the value in that. Provinces do not like giving up control over health care as they feel it’s infringing on their sovereignty.

On this edition of the Unpublished Cafe, we will take a look at whether it makes sense to bring Long-Term Care under Federal auspices.

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