MONTREAL – Quebec has announced that it’s investing $51.9 million in home health care.
Health Minister Gaétan Barrette made the announcement Tuesday, saying the health network needs to adapt to the province’s aging population.
The goal of the investment is to keep people out of hospitals by providing adequate, essential care at home.
Since April 2014, Quebec has spent nearly $138 million on home health care and the province recently announced it had a $1.8-billion surplus in its last budget.
The money will be divided among Quebec’s health agencies based on their financial status and region.
About $46.5 million will go to people aged 65 and older and an additional $3.5 million will be put towards home care for disabled individuals.
Another $1.9 million will be used to help monitor the level of care provided across the province.
Before forming government, the federal Liberals had campaigned on a promise of investing $3 billion into home care.