Palliative care is a vital part of any healthcare system, but it is also a part hat needs drastic improvement in Canada. Despite its importance and benefits, only between 16% and 30% of Canadians currently have access to palliative care. That is unacceptable.
Last week Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu introduced Bill C-277 to combat this problem. The bill allows for the creation of a national framework and for the public funding of palliative care in Canada. With the passage of the physician-assisted dying bill in the House of Commons, palliative care reform is more important now than it ever has been. I firmly believe that every Canadian deserves to have access to palliative care as a safe and affordable option at the end of their lives, and I am in full support of Bill C-277 to accomplish this.