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July 29, 2014

 
CARP calls on MPs to separate OAS changes from Budget Bill
Press Release and Open Letter to Politicians

CARP members would be shattered to learn that such a fundamental part of our social safety net was rushed through Parliament on the strength of the governmentís Parliamentary majority alone, without adequate opportunity for full debate... Read more
 
CARP Submission on Chronic Diseases Related to Aging
Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health


The prevalence of chronic conditions is increasing in Canada. The World Health Organization estimated that in 2005, chronic conditions accounted for 89% of all deaths in Canada. By 2015, the WHO predicts that deaths due to chronic conditions will increase by 15.1%. Statistics Canada reported in 2005 that 65% of all deaths in Canada were caused by cancer, diabetes, heart disease,cerebrovascular diseases and lower respiratory †diseases, across all age categories. Read more
 
House of Commons Standing Committee on Health Tables Report on Chronic Disease
Report tabled

CARP presented its proposals on chronic disease management to the Standing Committee on Health in October of 2011. This month, the Committee has tabled its report. Read more
 

 
Federal Budget 2012: CARP members supporting NDP, not Tories
The CARP Poll steals a headline

CARP, the national seniors group, says for the first time in four years its members are expressing more support for the federal New Democrats than Prime Minister Stephen Harperís Conservatives. An internal poll of 2,600 CARP members found support for the NDP has risen to 39 per cent, substantially above 31 per cent support for the Conservatives. The Liberals trailed at 25 per cent, CARP said. Read more
 
Political Gamechanger: Omnibus Bill shakes loose CARP support
Press Release

CARP members want the Omnibus Bill split and say that the governmentís refusal to do so will cost it the support that CARP members have traditionally given to the Conservatives and for the first time in 4 years of CARP Pollsô, gave the NDP a substantial lead [39% to 31%] over the Conservatives, with the Liberals trailing at 25%. Read more
 
Omnibus Budget Bill Would Go Down Smoother in Pieces
From CARP's Huffington Post blog


Despite vociferous opposition calls for splitting the current 400-page bill to deal separately with environmental assessments, raising the eligibility age for OAS, fisheries and immigration rules, the Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan flatly refused, saying that the government wants its economic program passed quickly. Read more
 
NDP wants ĎTrojan horseí omnibus bill split up
420 page budget bill should be unpackaged


The New Democrats are asking the Conservative government to split its omnibus bill into several pieces of legislation so that proposed changes to environmental and natural resource laws can be scrutinized. The Conservatives have limited debate on their budget bill ó known as invoking closure ó and included new provisions to speed up the environmental review process for major projects. The closure motion allows for about a week of debate on the omnibus bill, which is more than 420 pages long. Read more
 
New OAS eligibility is plenty to CARP about

The Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) is leading the pushback efforts against the federal governmentís decision to raise the OAS eligibility age from 65 years to 67 years. In an open letter to MPs, CARP has asked to separate OAS changes from the rest of the Budget. Their main contention is that it was never put before the electorate and fully debated. ďCARP members would be shattered to learn that such a fundamental part of our social safety net was rushed through Parliament on the strength of the governmentís Parliamentary majority alone, without adequate opportunity for full debate,Ē said Susan Eng, vice-president, advocacy, CARP. Read more
 
Conservative Government Pushes on with Omnibus Bill Despite CARP Opposition
CARP Campaign Update

Itís no secret that CARP and the vast majority of members oppose changes to the OAS eligibility age. The facts and arguments in favour of the change are tenuous and the poor and vulnerable are most likely to be affected. When Prime Minister Harper first announced the impending change in Davos, more than two-thirds of CARP members registered opposition in our CARP Poll and we launched the Hands-Off OAS campaign. So, when the government decided to issue a 425-page Omnibus Budget Bill (C-38), that lumped together and limited debate on approximately 70 separate laws, including OAS changes, CARP took action again. Read more
 
CARP Doctor Salary Poll
1. Do you have a family doctor or personal physician?

Yes

No

2. How much do you agree health care spending can be controlled by freezing or cutting family doctorsí fees?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

3. How much do you agree health care spending can be controlled by freezing or cutting fees for specialists like radiologists, cardiologists and ophthalmologistsí?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

4. How often do you visit your personal physician?

Rarely (twice a year or less)

Sometimes (3 to 4 times a year)

Often (5 or 6 times a year)

Frequently (more than 6 times a year, or every 2 months or more)

DONíT HAVE PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

5. How would you describe your use of the health care system, including doctors, clinics, specialists and lab tests?

Heavy user

Moderate user

Light user

Non-user

6. How often do you use the health care system, including visiting doctors, specialists and clinics and getting lab tests?

Rarely (twice a year or less)

Sometimes (3 to 4 times a year)

Often (5 or 6 times a year)

Frequently (more than 6 times a year, or every 2 months or more)

7. The province of Ontario has decided to reduce the rates it pays specialists, such as cardiologists, radiologists and ophthalmologists, for some procedures which have become simpler and less expensive due to technological advances. How much do you agree with this idea?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

8. It has been suggested this will cause specialists to close their practices and leave the province. How likely do you think this is?

Very likely

Somewhat likely

Not very likely

Not at all likely

DONíT KNOW

9. The Ontario government has suggested to the other provinces that they should all agree on common rates for doctors, to control costs and prevent doctors from moving from one province to another for higher pay. How much do you agree with this idea?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

10. Which of the following initiatives do you think would be most acceptable if the goal of governments were to control spending on healthcare?

Fewer doctors, more nurse practitioners, pharmacists doing same tasks

Reduce non-medical administrative salaries

More independent review of billing, referring practices

Review all routine procedures for efficiencies and best practices

Reduce fees for procedures conducted by all doctors

Reduce fees for procedures conducted by specialists only

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

11. Do you believe cutting fees for some procedures would lead to negative health outcomes?

Yes

No

DONíT KNOW

12. How would you describe your provinceís supply of family doctors?

There are more than are needed

There are about the right number

There are fewer than needed

DONíT KNOW

13. How would you describe your provinceís supply of specialists like cardiologists and ophthalmologists?

There are more than are needed

There are about the right number

There are fewer than needed

DONíT KNOW

14. How would you describe your provinceís supply of geriatricians?

There are more than are needed

There are about the right number

There are fewer than needed

DONíT KNOW

15. How long do you typically have to wait for a routine appointment with your personal physician?

Same day/one day

Several days

A week or so

More than a week

More than a month

More than 3 months

More than 6 months

More than a year

DONíT HAVE PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

16. How long do you typically have to wait for a routine appointment with a specialist, like a radiologist, cardiologist or ophthalmologist?

Same day/one day

Several days

A week or so

More than a week

More than a month

More than 3 months

More than 6 months

More than a year

17. Have you ever consulted a geriatrician or gerontologist?

Yes

No

18. How much do you agree your personal physician is adequately trained and knowledgeable about the specific medical needs of older patients?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

DONíT HAVE PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

19. How much do you agree you are given adequate time with your personal physician and donít feel rushed at appointments?

Agree strongly

Agree

Disagree

Disagree strongly

DONíT KNOW

DONíT HAVE PERSONAL PHYSICIAN

20. Have you or has anyone you know been unable to find a family doctor or personal physician because none were accepting new patients?

Yes

No

21. How easy or difficult do you think it would be if you had to find a new family doctor or personal physician?

Very easy

Easy

Neither easy nor difficult

Difficult

Very difficult

DONíT KNOW

22. Which one solution do you think would be most successful at persuading family doctors to accept older patients who may have one or more chronic diseases, like diabetes or COPD?

More gerontology instruction in med school

National/provincial register of doctors specializing in older patients

Additional compensation for doctors treating older patients

Awareness building of older patientsí needs by CMA and government

Health care system ďnavigatorĒ to assist in dealing with the system

Special support teams (gerontology nurses, etc) for doctors with older patients

OTHER

DONíT KNOW

23. If a federal election were held tomorrow, which partyís candidate would you support?

Conservative

Liberal

NDP

Green Party

Bloc Quebecois

OTHER

UNDECIDED

24. Where do you live?

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

PEI

New Brunswick

Quebec

Ontario

Manitoba

Saskatchewan

Alberta

BC/Territories

25. What is your gender?

Male

Female

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