Province Receives Report On Home Care Services in Manitoba

By January 26, 2017 News

January 26, 2017

PROVINCE RECEIVES REPORT
ON HOME CARE SERVICES IN MANITOBA

The province today released a report commissioned following a review of
Manitoba home care services by the Office of the Auditor General (OAG)
in 2015, Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Kelvin Goertzen
announced.

“Provinces across Canada are struggling with the increased costs of
health care associated with aging populations and chronic disease,” said
Goertzen. “Manitobans deserve high-quality health care and home care
services, and our government is reviewing this report and considering
the recommendations. The task will be made significantly more
challenging by proposed federal changes to the Canada Health Transfer,
which will take $18 million from Manitoba’s health care system in 2017-18.”

The 2015 OAG review recommended steps be taken to improve service
quality, timeliness and consistency and that needs assessments and care
plans be completed to ensure both short and long-term strategies are in
place to meet the needs of Manitobans. /The Future of Home Care Services
in Manitoba/ report was developed by consultant Reg Toews.

“Reductions to health transfer funding by the federal government will
have a significant impact on our ability to deliver health-care services
for Manitobans,” said Goertzen. “We will keep advocating for the
federal government to contribute its share to health care for all
Canadians, and continue to make appropriate investments to improve this
service relied on by so many Manitoba families.”

The report finds Manitoba is projected to experience a significant
increase in home care admissions over the next 20 years, requiring a
financial investment of an additional $572 million over the same time
frame to provide basic services for clients.

“We want to thank Mr. Toews, as well as the many stakeholders, staff,
clients and families he consulted for the thorough work on this vital
and complicated issue,” said Goertzen. “The report reflects the
contributions of a wide cross-section of Manitobans and as a result
provides a very detailed analysis of the issues and a number of
recommendations for our consideration.”

To read the report, visit: www.gov.mb.ca/health/homecare/index.html
<http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/homecare/index.html>.

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