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Mental health

Liberal

Invest $2 million / year more in mental health and sexual education hotlines.

NDP

Make mental health care available at no cost for people who need it.

Green

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize expansion of mental health and rehabilitation services, among other things.
  • Establish a national mental health strategy and suicide prevention strategy.
  • Fund organizations offering LGBTQI2+ youth mental health programmes.

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Prescription drug coverage

Liberal

Take next steps to implement national universal pharmacare for drug coverage at an affordable price.

NDP

Expand Medicare to include quality prescription drug coverage for everyone, with a late 2020 start date, and an annual federal investment of $10 billion.

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Green

  • Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include Pharmacare for everyone.
  • Create a bulk drug purchasing agency to reduce drug patent protection periods.

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Wait times and access

Liberal

  • Make sure every Canadian has access to a family doctor or primary health care team.
  • Make home care and palliative care more available across the country.

Conservative

  • Invest $1.5 billion in a first term to purchase MRI machines and CT machines to replace and add machines across the country.
  • Provide $15 million to implement the Framework on Palliative Care in Canada.

NDP

Work with the provinces and territories to tackle wait times and improve access to primary care across the country.

Green

Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize reduction in wait times, among other things.

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Dental care

NDP

Work with provinces, health professionals, and dentists to develop a roadmap to include dental care in the Canada Health Act.

Green

Expand the single-payer Medicare model to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.

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Safe access to abortion

NDP

Enforce the Canada Health Act to make sure provinces make medical and surgical abortion available in all parts of the country, without barriers.

Green

Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritize access to safe abortion services, among other things.

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Women's & reproductive health

Liberal

  • Work with provinces and territories to make sure sexual & reproductive health medications are covered under national pharmacare.
  • Work with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to integrate sex & gender-based analyses.
  • Create a National Institute for Women's Health Research.

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NDP

Ensure a full range of prescription contraceptives and reproductive health care options are easily accessible at no cost through Medicare and a national pharmacare programme.

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Eye care

NDP

Make regular eye care available to everyone.

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Home & long-term care

NDP

Work with patients, caregivers, and provincial and territorial governments to develop national care standards for home care and long-term care that will be amended into the Canada Health Act.

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Disabilities

Conservative

  • Decrease the number of hours spent per week on life-sustaining therapy needed to qualify for the Disability Tax Credit from 14 to 10.
  • Expand the definition of what counts as life-sustaining therapy.

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NDP

  • Uphold the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and strengthen the Accessibility Act to cover all federal agencies equal.
  • Launch a full review of income security programmes.
  • Expand employment programmes.
  • Extend EI sickness benefits to 50 weeks.

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Assisted dying

Green

Amend the Medical Assistance in Dying legislation to ensure everyone has the choice of dying with dignity.

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Health research

Liberal

Invest $30m next year in pediatric cancer research.

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Dementia

NDP

Include a funded national dementia strategy as part of a National Seniors Strategy working with provinces, territories, and Indigenous governments.
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Green

Develop and fund a national dementia strategy in collaboration with health professionals and provincial/territorial governments, to improve quality of life for patients and care givers, increase awareness, and reduce stigma.

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Autism

Conservative

  • Work with stakeholders to develop a National Autism Strategy.
  • Invest $50 million over five years to develop a comprehensive strategy in consultation with autistic individuals, autism organizations, governments, and Indigenous communities.

NDP

Implement a national Autism strategy to coordinate support for research, ensure access to needs-based services, promote employment, and help expand housing options.

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Natural health products

NDP

Regulate natural health products under stand-alone legislation.

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Hearing care

NDP

Make regular hearing care available to everyone.

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Blood system

Green

Prohibit for-profit blood collection services and remove unscientific barriers to blood donations.

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Health transfers

Green

Restore the federal/provincial Health Accord, basic health transfers on demographics and health care needs in each province.