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Elder Care: The Nexus for Family, Work and Health Policy popular

This short paper by Satya Brink seeks to address policy issues surrounding the care of elderly people by family members who are employed outside the home.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/505ENG%2Epdf

A Healthy Balance: A Summary Report on a National Roundtable on Caregiving Policy in Canada

This report on a national roundtable , written by Judi Varga-Toth, summarizes discussion about research from the Healthy Balance Research Program on caregivers and organization, empowerment, and health and well-being. The roundtable sought to communicate policy implications of project research to policy makers, to develop ideas and support for a common vision of caregiving in Canada and to develop a Call to Action for caregiving policy in Canada.
http://www.cprn.ca/documents/40922_en.pdf

Continuing Care Renewal or Retreat? BC Residential and Home Health Care Restructuring 2001-2004

Cohen, Murphy, Nutland and Ostry examine the intense debate underway in BC about changes in residential care and home health services for seniors. The provincial government claims it is successfully implementing the plan for continuing care renewal; however, seniors groups are adamant that cuts to long-term residential care and home health services are leaving frail elders without access to affordable care.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/BC_Office_Pubs/bc...

Elder Care: The Nexus for Family, Work and Health Policy

Satya Brink presented this paper at an annual conference of the Canadian Association of Gerontology in Montreal in October 2002. In her paper, she discusses the wide-reaching impact of elder care on individuals, families, work, and public policy.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/505ENG%2Epdf

From Support to Isolation: The high Cost of BC’s Declining Home Support Services

In this paper Cohen, McLaren, Sharman, Murray, Hughes and Ostry examine the nature of home support within the BC health care system.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/BC_Office_Pubs/bc...

Health Care Financing: Squandering Billions Is Not The Answer

Billions of dollars have been injected into Canada’s health care system, yet the problems of increased wait times, overcrowded emergency rooms, and a shortage of medical staff persist.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/sept04_en.pdf

How Good is Canadian Health Care? 2005 Report: An International Comparison of Health Care Systems

In this Critical Issues Bulletin Nadeem Esmail and Michael Walker compare the Canadian health care system to that of other OECD countries with universal health care. Esmail and Walker pose a series of questions about how Canada compares relative to other countries; the authors then answer the questions based on their research findings.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/HowGoodIsCan...

Is BC’s Health Care System Sustainable? A Closer Look at the Costs of Aging and Technology

This paper, by Marc Lee, delves into the real costs involved in the health care system in British Columbia, and whether an aging population is the key factor contributing to its sustainability issues.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/BC_Office_Pubs/bc...

Population Aging and Life-Course Flexibility: The Pivotal Role of Increased Choice in The Retirement Decision

This paper describes what a life-course approach to policy development would entail specifically looking at the changes that take place in the retirement years. The report explains that such concerns are timely given the imminent retirement of the baby-boom generation, and growing concern over including leisure time throughout the productive years -- not only during retirement. Overall this paper attempts to answer questions relating to the economic and other dimensions of life-course flexibility, and questions of policy strategy.
http://policyresearch.gc.ca/doclib/Population_Aging_e.pdf

Population Aging and Per Capita Cash Payments under the Canada Health Transfer

For several years health care financing has been a contentious issue in intergovernmental relations in Canada. According to Joe Ruggeri and Yang Zou, the federal government has acted unilaterally, resulting in the retrenchment of federal financial commitments to health care.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/506ENG%2Epdf

R-e-s-p-i-t-e Spells Respect

The continued growth of Canada’s aging population will place excessive pressure on informal caregivers. As Sherri Torjman explains, home care is a crucial yet neglected building block in Canada’s national health care system.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/482ENG%2Epdf

Saving for Health: Prefunding Health Care for an Older Canada

This article, written by William B.P. Robson, analyzes the oft-discussed issue of Canada’s ageing population and its effects on the country’s ability to fund the public health care system. Robson points out (using demographic projections) that the twin phenomena of a retiring baby boom generation and a shrinking tax base are sure to affect the ability to raise the revenue needed to fund the system in the future.
http://www.cdhowe.org/pdf/commentary_170.pdf

The Bright Side: A Positive View on the Economics of Aging

This article by Marcel Mérette examines the economics of aging, challenging the commonly held belief that the retirement of the baby-boomer generation will lead G-10 countries (Belgium, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, Germany and Sweden) into “an economic abyss.”
http://www.irpp.org/choices/archive/vol8no1.pdf

The Dementia Respite Bungalow

Anne Makhoul begins by describing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia on caregivers. This impact will become more severe as Canada’s population ages and the country’s declining birthrate creates a smaller segment of individuals to provide care.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/483ENG%2Epdf

Universal Drug Benefits for Seniors: Unnecessary, Unsustainable, and Unfair

This brief Digital Publication by Brett Skinner was written in response to legislation passed in the United States granting universal eligibility to seniors for publicly funded prescription drugs. Skinner posits that this legislation is similar to provincial programs in Canada which reimburse seniors for prescription drug expenses, suggesting its intentions are noble – especially as many seniors often lose their employer-paid insurance upon retirement. He argues, however, that this method of universal coverage (based on age) is unnecessary when other, albeit more limited, policy options are available. Skinner believes that granting universal eligibility to seniors for publicly funded prescription drugs is inefficient policy, and unfair to all taxpaying citizens.
http://www.fraserinstitute.ca/admin/books/files/UniversalDru...

We Can't Go On Like This: What an ageing population, the consumer revolution and accelerating globalisation mean for the future of health care

This paper, based on a speech given by Brian Lee Crowley to the Annual Meeting of the Canada-Sweden Business Association, touches on the subjects of health, wealth, and power, especially in the context of an aging population. Crowley’s analysis begins with the basic statement that those who have wealth and power will succeed in getting the health care they want.
http://www.aims.ca/library/CSBA(1).pdf

What Are Policy-Makers Saying about Respite?

This paper discusses the findings of a set of interviews revolving around the issue respite for caregivers. Sherri Torjman explains the concerns that have been raised and makes recommendations for how respite for caregivers might be improved.
http://www.caledoninst.org/Publications/PDF/369ENG%2Epdf