A major initiative in the works, according to insiders, is on health care – specifically, home care. The new plan would see new forms of financial assistance for family caregivers, people who have to take time from work to tend to aging parents or family members stricken by mental or physical illnesses.This happens to be an NDP idea in which Larry Martin fails to point out.
This would be done for thousands of families through increased benefits, a major one being an expansion of the employment insurance system. There’s a compassionate care benefit in the existing EI, but Liberals say it’s too small and overly restrictive.
The party also wants more investment in institutionalized home care – professional caregivers going to homes – and will push for that in the coming renegotiation of the federal-provincial health accord. But this is a more dubious prospect. Their emphasis will be where the federal government has the most power to act – a concrete plan for family caregivers.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Is The Liberal party so bereft of any new ideas that they seem to be poaching ideas from their coalition partners? They are working on a plan for Homecare.
Posted by frmgrl at 9/30/2010