Letter: Canada faces a number of problems with palliative care

Editor: I agree many Canadians are suffering because of insufficient palliative care.  This is mainly due to three factors:

1) most families are unprepared/unwilling to provide care at home

2) there are insufficient funds allocated to palliative care, and

3) in order to receive palliative care a person must fit the “profile.”

At present, cancer seems to be the only eligible diagnosis.

I suggest public awareness of the needs/experiences of those nearing death needs to dramatically improve in this culture, also the government policies need to be rewritten to include other fatal illnesses.

Norma Johnson,

Langley

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