Tuesday’s federal budget received both positive and negative reactions.
The proposal to extend the duration of compassionate care benefits from the current six weeks to six months, as of Jan. 2016, received positive marks.
“Expanding the compassionate care benefit will benefit cancer patients, their families, and our healthcare system,” says Pamela Fralick, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society. “It will enable more Canadians to receive care at home and reduce costly hospital stays, while providing badly needed financial security for families touched by cancer.”
CARP says the extension will provide a much needed boost in time to working caregivers who need to provide care to family members and it will also prevent the loss of income many heavy care providers face when forced to step away from employment to provide care.