Blueprint for fixing our disastrous long-term care system

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) has just issued a report detailing how the federal government could provide leadership "in developing a coordinated approach to long-term care." 

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed catastrophic weaknesses in Canada's patchwork system for housing and caring for the elderly and disabled. 

In this country, a huge proportion of the destruction the pandemic has wrought -- the disease and death -- has occurred in long-term care facilities. Canada's record in this regard is one of the worst in the world. A recent Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) study showed that the death rate in Canadian long-term care facilities was double the average for OECD countries.

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