Aging

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

The Health Minister should craft a new federal arrangement for health funding based on age — but should go one step further and include the more precise and evidence-based concept of “frailty”.”

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

Our health system is scrambling to meet the needs of older individuals with multiple, simultaneous and often inter-related health and social issues that threaten their independence — the essence of frailty.

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

Frailty is a better determinant of health outcomes and healthcare utilization than age alone

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

When the previous Health Accord expired in 2014, the Harper government unilaterally established a new funding model for federal health transfer payments to the provinces and territories based on an equal per capita basis.

People need less money to live as they get older? If only.

People need less money to live as they get older?  If only.

Last week the C.D. Howe Institute released a short study just in time for the finance ministers’ meeting — rolling out the tired, old argument that as people age, they do not need as much money to live as when they were younger. If only retirement were so easy.