Poverty is a fundamental determinant of health, and the health care costs of poverty add up to $1.2 billion per year. So, all of the other objectives will have a direct impact on improving the health of low-income people. That said, government provision of essential health services and community health care — home care, home support, assisted living, long-term care, and community mental health services –– should be enhanced and expanded. These services are particularly important to lower-income seniors (mainly women) and to people with physical and mental disabilities, and the people who provide these services are primarily low-wage women (a majority of whom are recent immigrants).
- Expand essential health services in the public system, such as dental and optical care and community mental health services
- Eliminate MSP premiums
- Expand home support and residential care services, and increase the number of residential care beds
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