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In Canada, elderly patients are forcibly transferred from hospitals to nursing homes

The only nursing homes that are empty at all are those with a terrible reputation for care or those that are very far away.

The only nursing homes that are empty at all are those with a terrible reputation for care or those that are very far away.

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government of Ontariothe second largest and most populous provinces of Canada, decided to forcibly transfer elderly patients from hospitals to nursing homes. Those who refuse to move within 24 hours of receiving their discharge will be charged $400 for each day they stay at the facility.

Such a draconian measure has been approved in connection with the need to relieve hospitals.

It is noted that nursing homes, which house elderly patients, do not need to be located near the hospital at all. So, in the southern part of the province, old people are allowed to be carried away to a distance of up to 70 kilometers, and in the northern part – up to 150 kilometers.

The Ontario Health Coalition has already indicated it will challenge the law and plans to go to court to overturn it.

Coalition Director Natalie Mehra called the government’s decision is discriminatory.

“The only nursing homes that have empty beds are those with a terrible reputation for care or those that are very far away. This does not help to solve the problem. This can only make things worse,” Mehra said.

She also drew attention to the fact that this law will separate the elderly, one of whom will be sent tens of miles from home for long-term treatment.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org