This is a page from the 2021 Canadian federal election.

Health & Healthcare

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Access to Abortion

Liberal

  • Require that everyone, regardless of location, has access to sexual & reproductive health services under the Canada Health Act, with penalties for non-compliant provinces.
  • Create a portal for sexual & reproductive health info, w/ a section countering abortion misinfo.
  • Provide $10M to youth-led grassroots organisations.
  • Remove charity status for anti-abortion orgs that provide dishonest counseling.

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Conservative

  • A Conservative Government will not support any legislation to regulate abortion.
  • A Conservative government will include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.
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NDP

  • Act immediately to make sure that people can access safe abortion services in all regions.
  • Enforce the Canada Health Act to make sure provinces make medical and surgical abortion available in all parts of the country, without barriers.
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Green

  • Negotiate the Canada Health Accord to prioritise access to safe abortion services.
  • Oppose any possible government move to diminish access to safe, legal abortion.

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Air Quality & Ventilation

Liberal

  • Provide a $100M top-up to the Safe Return to Class Fund for ventilation improvements.
  • Provide $10M for First Nations to improve air quality in on-reserve schools.
  • Provide $100M to the Canada Healthy Communities Initiatives, with $70M for increasing air quality & indoor ventilation.
  • Provide a tax credit for small businesses who invest in better ventilation.

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COVID Testing

Conservative

  • Deploy rapid testing at all border entry points and airports to screen all arrivals, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Accelerate Health Canada approval for new rapid tests.
  • Make at-home rapid tests available.
  • Provide more rapid tests to provincial governments.

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COVID Vaccination

Liberal

  • Require all travellers on inter-provincial trains, commercial flights, cruise ships, & other federally-regulated vessels be vaccinated.
  • Ensure vaccination of the federal public service.
  • Launch a $1B Proof of Vaccination Fund to support provinces & territories to implement proof-of-vaccine credentials.
  • Allow organisations to require proof of vaccination for employees & customers.
  • Procure boosters.

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Conservative

  • Prioritize signing contracts for booster shots.
  • Accelerate homegrown development and production of vaccines by Canadian companies.
  • Support the provinces with whatever logistical resources they need to deliver vaccines and booster shots.
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Contraception

NDP

Ensure that a full range of prescription contraceptive & reproductive health care options are easily accessible at no cost through Medicare.
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Dental Care

NDP

  • Work with provincial partners, health professionals, & dentists to develop a road-map to including universal dental care into Medicare.
  • Provide immediate dental care coverage for people who don't have any private insurance.

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Green

Expand Medicare to include free dental care for low-income Canadians.
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Future Pandemics

Liberal

Invest $100 million in studying the long-term health impacts of COVID-19, including the effects of long-COVID on different groups.

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Conservative

  • Increase vaccine research & production capacity.
  • Review regulatory processes.
  • Increase domestic production of critical supplies.
  • Prepare stockpiles, testing.
  • Support closing poorly regulated wildlife markets.
  • Improve public health intelligence.
  • Overhaul Canada's Pandemic Plan.

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NDP

  • Provide stable, long-term funding for the Public Health Agency of Canada to protect public health and be ready with surge capacity for future crises.
  • Establish a crown corporation to produce vaccines in Canada.
  • Ensure an adequate, responsible-managed stockpile of PPE, with an emphasis on domestic production.
  • Protect the Chief Public Health Officer's independence in law.

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Green

  • Create an intergovernmental rapid response task force, to be activated immediately when facing emergencies.
  • Ensure robust capacity for pharmaceutical manufacturing.
  • Increase domestic production of PPE.
  • Lessen overall dependence on global supply chains for essential goods & services.
  • Strengthen the Global Public Health Intelligence Network.
  • Provide long-term funding to the Public Health Agency.

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Health Funding

Liberal

  • Invest an additional $6 billion to help eliminate health system wait-lists.
  • Provide $3.2 billion for provinces & territories to hire 7,500 family doctors, nurses, & nurse practitioners.
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Conservative

Meet with the Premiers within 100 days to propose a new health agreement with provinces and territories, increasing the annual growth rate of the Canada Health Transfer to at least 6%.
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Green

  • Increase health transfers by basing them on demographics & healthcare needs in each province.
  • Reevaluate the Canada Health Transfer to cover rural communities with an equitable amount of funding to meet the needs of the community.

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Healthcare Access

Liberal

  • Provide $400 million over 4 years to support virtual care.
  • Expand Canada Student Loans debt forgiveness to more healthcare professionals & increase the amount forgiven by 50%.
  • Offer healthcare professionals a 1-time income tax deduction up to $15k over their first 3 years of practice.
  • Increase federal powers to deduct funding from provinces who add extra billings for publicly insured services.

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NDP

  • Work with provinces & territories to reduce wait times and improve access to primary care.
  • Work with the provinces to develop public infrastructure for secure, accesibile virtual healthcare.
  • Identify coming gaps in health human resources, & make a plan for recruiting & retaining doctors, nurses, & other healthcare professionals.

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Green

  • Reduce wait times, particularly for primary care.
  • Support provinces in implementing new delivery models, such as telemedicine.
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Medical Assistance in Dying

Conservative

  • Reinstate the 10-day waiting period.
  • Require 2 fully independent witnesses to ensure a vulnerable person isn't coerced.
  • Allow discussion of MAID only if raised by the patient.
  • Disallow MAID for those w/ mental health challenges.
  • Give opportunity to withdraw consent right before.
  • Include conscience provisions for healthcare professionals.

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Menstrual Products

Liberal

  • Provide free tampons & pads in federally-regulated workplaces.
  • Create a $25M Menstrual Equity Fund for women's shelters, not-for-profits, charities, community-based organisations, & youth-led organisations to make menstrual products available to vulnerable women.
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NDP

Work with provinces, territories, & Indigenous governments to end period poverty.
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Natural Health Products

NDP

Regulate natural health products with stand-alone legislation.
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Palliative Care

Conservative

Double direct federal investments in palliative care.
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NDP

Work with provinces and territories to expand and improve access to palliative care.
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Pharmacare

NDP

  • Work with the provinces to expand Medicare to cover prescription drugs, with a $10B/year federal investment.
  • Develop a national strategy to cover drugs for rare diseases.

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Green

  • Expand the Canada Health Act to fully fund a universal pharmacare programme.
  • Create a bulk drug purcahsing agency.
  • Reduce drug patent protection periods.
  • Establish a clear timeline for implementing universal pharmacare, with a Canadian Drug Agency established and a programme covering a list of essential medicines launched in 2022, and a comprehensive programme rolled out by 2025.

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Review of COVID Response

Conservative

  • Call an immediate public inquiry into the government's pandemic response.
  • Work with allies to support an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.
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Green

Order a public inquiry to evaluate the joint response between all levels of government to examine what went well & what could have been done better.

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