Current long term care system for elderly
LTC is managed by the Elderly Commission, an independent body managed directly by the central government.1
Program and nature of coverage
LTC covers community care (support teams, senior citizen card scheme, institutional care, day care) and residential care at rates subsidised by government.
Nature of benefit coverage
LTC is delivered through a mix of programs and services. For most of them, citizens over the age of 65 are eligible.
Source of funding
The government funds long term care either directly (through NGO’s) or indirectly (though social security payments).
Reforms initiated/ future direction
The government aims to reduce institutional care and increase facilities to support home care. To achieve this, staff shortage, appointment of care managers, service agents and formation of a quality assurance committee are being considered.
1Healthcare Reform Series Canada
Accessed 25 February, 2013