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Alberta government announces $11M in grants to improve palliative and end-of-life care

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The Alberta government says the remaining $11 million out of $20 million it promised for palliative and end-of-life care will be allotted through a series of grants.

The government announced the $20 million in September 2020.

It also eliminated co-payments for end-of-life drugs needed by those who choose to die at home or in a hospice.

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The province says that, since then, $9 million has been spent on community hospice care, as well as on training for health-care professionals.

It says priorities for palliative and end-of-life care include earlier access for those with life-limiting illnesses, education, community supports and services, and research and innovation.

Eligible applicants must make their submissions by Jan. 7.

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“Accessible and compassionate palliative care requires a holistic approach from diagnosis to end of life,” Health Minister Jason Copping said in a news release Thursday.

“This announcement brings us closer to keeping our promise to provide quality palliative care that eases suffering and supports families.”

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