Mar 16, 2016

By Michael Kramer

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Health advocates say Ottawa needs to assure Canadians that there’ll be money for palliative care in the budget next week – as part of an initial payment on a much larger project to repair the system.

The Canadian Cancer Society says the Liberal government needs to address the glaring holes in end-of-life care.

The society says the debate that follows the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on assisted death –  has shown that people often fall through the cracks of the health-care system.

It says improvements are needed to address the patchwork of care available in this country.

Northern Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus also wants to see palliative care become a priority – as the government crafts legislation on assisted death.

During the recent election campaign, the Liberals promised to spend $3 billion over the next four years – to improve access to home care – including family and palliative care – which was also highlighted in a 134-page report given to Health Minister Jane Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

That report came from a panel commissioned after the top court’s ruling on doctor-assisted death.

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