New Democratic Party
Expand public health care to include a national, universal, public pharmacare program.
Develop a roadmap to dental care in the Canada Health Act – dental care will be free for households making under $70,000, with a sliding copayment for those who earn between $70,000 and $90,000.
Expand public Medicare to include mental health care, eye care and hearing care and access to infertility procedures.
Develop national care standards for home care and long-term care that will be amended into the Canada Health Act. By doing so, legally protect access to home care and long-term care services, and ensure a consistent quality of care across the country. This process will include determining a core basket of home care services that will be available and covered by provincial insurance plans and setting minimum national care
standards for long-term care residents.
Work with Ontario’s provincial government to build a new hospital in Brampton and expand the city’s existing Peel Memorial Hospital.
Note: No platform has been released, these positions are taken from Mr. Scheer’s policy announcements and answers in the first Leader’s debate.
Maintain Canada Health Transfer by current rate of at least three per cent every year.
Invest $1.5 billion to purchase new MRI and CT equipment and replace aging equipment.
Scheer on pharmacare and dental care: “You know you cannot increase health care services when you’re paying more and more money to pay the service charges on the debt. And that is what all these plans will lead to: higher and higher taxes which take money out of the economy, which means that there’s less economic growth, which means there’s fewer opportunities for people trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Every dollar that goes to a bondholder or a banker for the debt that they hold, is another dollar that you can’t put into expand those services. That’s why it’s important to have a responsible plan to get back to balanced budgets.”
Invest $6 billion over the next four years to kickstart negotiations with the provinces aimed at improving a range of health-care services for Canadians, including implementing pharmacare, ensuring everyone has access to a family doctor, and improving mental-health services and palliative care.
Invest an additional $30 million next year in pediatric cancer research. Work closely with families, experts, and researchers over the next year to develop a long-term plan to ensure pediatric cancer research has the funding it needs to be sustainable and to help families when they need help most.
Work with the Canadian Institutes of Heath Research to integrate sex and gender-based analyses, as well as diversity analyses.
Create a National Institute for Women’s Health Research, the first of its kind in Canada. The Institute would bring together experts in women’s health from across the country to tackle persistent gaps in research and care – taking an intersectional approach that includes race, ability, indigeneity and more.
Restore the federal/provincial Health Accord, basing health transfers on demographics and real health care needs in each province, replacing the current formula based on GDP growth.
Expand Medicare to include Pharmacare for everyone as well as free dental care for low-income Canadians.
Create a bulk drug purchasing agency and reduce drug patent protection periods.
Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, reduction in wait times, access to safe abortion services and access to gender-affirming health services such as hormones, blockers, and surgery.
Establish a national mental health strategy and a suicide prevention strategy to address the growing anxieties plaguing Canadians regarding inequality and affordability, the growing precariousness of work and housing, the climate crisis, social isolation, resurgent racial and ethno-nationalism and other harms and risks.
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