Category Archives: Advocacy & Partnerships

New CSPCP report on economics of palliative care (Feb 15, 2017)

The CSPCP is pleased to release a new report on the economics of palliative care, entitled Palliative Care – A vital service with clear economic, health and social benefits. Read More

The report shows that strategic investment in palliative care can:

  • Reduce the cost of delivering care (30%)
  • Free up scarce resources in acute care, such as beds in Intensive Care Units (ICUs), for patients who truly need them.
  • Improve the quality of life and quality of care of patients with serious illnesses and their families.


The report is follow up to our Nov 2016 report called How To Improve Palliative Care in Canada. Read MoreThe “How To” document give specific actions that need to be taken. The new economics document shows that strategic investment in palliative care is Win-Win-Win: Better care – Lower costs – Better use of finite resources.

Please join the CSPCP in using the reports to actively advocate for better access to quality palliative care in Canada.

ACP Day Campaign Kit from CHPCA

National Advance Care Planning Day is April 16, 2017. The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association has prepared an excellent campaign kit. The kit contains free, downloadable tools that remind individuals to think about the people in their community and suggest ways to have conversations and decide on a Substitute Decision Maker. Printed materials such as posters, workbooks, and wallet cards, are available at CHPCA Marketplace.

Questions? Contact Chad Hammond: chammond@chpca.net

CSPCP Press Release re Opioids Decision in Ontario

After months of negotiation, an agreement has been reached and publicly announced by Ontario’s Ministry of Health regarding high strength opioids. Ontario physicians who identify themselves as palliative care prescribers and are part of the Ontario Medical Association’s (OMA’s) Palliative Care Facilitated Access (PCFA) Program will continue to be able to prescribe high-strength opioids to any patient who requires them. These opioids will be provided at no cost under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program. For those physicians who are not part of PCFA, a mechanism has been created for them to also prescribe high-strength opioids if consultation with a palliative care physician has taken place.

The CSPCP issued a news release applauding this decision and encouraging other provinces to adopt similar policies.

View the Press Release here