Where is money for home care?
Astonishment is my immediate response to recent local news about
seniors’ care and services provided. Health P.E.I. is seeking input (again) from seniors and their families while the private sector is crying foul over inequities between public and private services (P.E.I. Home Care Association).
How many studies done over the years have been ignored? Even the private for profit sector is speaking to the elephant in the room, the public sector, i.e. our governments, dropping the ball on home care and nursing home services.
Our governments quite simply are not providing the funding required for adequate health care services. Certainly not to seniors or others not able to afford the follow up medical and other services needed to keep us in our homes. Is this a sneaky way to be able to justify giving away more public services to the private sector?
It has come to my attention that Health P.E.I. recently cancelled funding to Home Care Services. This was funding already promised to and budgeted for by Home Care Services.
Is this the money the federal government some months ago made a big hullabaloo about when announcing health care funding to the provinces? Why cut necessary funds to a very essential service? Are you moving towards giving away more public services to the private sector?
Why the cutting back of money needed to give an affordable public service touted as very necessary for people to get out of hospital and continue living at home?
Edith Perry, Millview