Ontario's seniors may be asked to kick in for home care
The Ontario government is considering asking seniors with higher incomes to chip in for their home care.
A report meant to pave the way for the province's strategy on seniors care recommends exploring the possibility of an ``income-based system.''
It's one of 169 recommendations laid out in the report titled ``Living Longer, Living Well,'' the highlights of which were released today.
Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province has already moved to an income-based system when it comes to drug co-pays, and it may be time to do so for home care.
She says that if asking some seniors to contribute would allow more seniors to get care ``that's a conversation we need to have.''
But she stresses the province will ensure everyone has access to the health care they need, regardless of their financial situation.