Canada is set to take the first steps towards creating a nationwide network of healthcare providers, with the country set to launch a pilot program in April 2018.
The initiative, which will see a team of caregivers trained in healthcare technologies, will allow the country to develop its own version of Care, an online service that provides free healthcare services to eligible Canadians.
The country has already rolled out a similar system in Vancouver, and a number of provinces have already implemented similar programs.
Now, Canada is looking to replicate its success with the Care program, with a new pilot in the works.
In Canada, a pilot is not the first step towards a nationwide system, but it does mark a first.
The Care program will provide an online portal for caregivers to apply for and receive care, with up to eight care providers on staff.
In addition to providing care to those eligible, the Care pilot will also help Canadians make better decisions about their care.
“Canada is a country of immigrants, with one of the largest populations of immigrant Canadians, and our system has traditionally been a system of care for immigrants.
This pilot will help us build a stronger system for the many immigrants who come to Canada to find employment, learn English, and receive services to support their lives,” said Rob Bell, CEO of the Canadian Foundation for Independent Living.
The Care pilot is part of the government’s “New Directions” initiative to help expand the country’s healthcare systems, and to make it easier for Canadians to get medical care, Bell said.
Although the pilot is in the early stages, Bell is hopeful the pilot will have a positive impact on the country.
“We believe this pilot will ultimately lead to a national healthcare system that can serve all Canadians,” he said.
Canada is also working on expanding access to healthcare, with Health Minister Jane Philpott announcing in April that the government is investing $2 billion to develop a universal, low-cost, community-based health system, including a national health information system.