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People wait to see a doctor in the Emergency/Trauma Unit waiting area at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital on Dec. 5, 2010.JENNIFER ROBERTS

See how the party platforms stack up on a number of key issues. This list will be continually updated as more platform information is announced

Conservative Party of Canada

  • Forgive a portion of federal student loans for those who agree to practice in under-served rural or remote areas
  • A new Adult Fitness Tax Credit, to cover up to $500 in registration fees for adults worth up to $75 for adults.
  • Renew the federal-provincial health accord
  • Party website | Party platform

Liberal Party of Canada

  • Establish "National Food Policy," which includes measures such as: new food labeling regulations; stronger regulation on transfats and salt; $40-million over four years for Healthy Start program, providing healthy food to children of low-income families; $80-million for Buy Local Fund; comprehensive review of Canadian Food Inspection Agency, along with additional funding.
  • Public education campaign and additional funding for brain research, particularly into diseases including dementia and Alzheimer's.
  • Party website | Party platform

New Democratic Party of Canada

  • Hire 1,200 doctors and train thousands of nurses over the next 10 years. Part of this includes establishing a fund to lure 300 Canadian doctors currently working abroad to come home
  • An $80-million investment to upgrade medical schools, support doctors in remote areas and forgive student loans for medical professionals who practice family medicine for at least 10 years
  • Provide access to home care for an additional 100,000 families a year, and make home care and long-term care insured services under the Canada Health Act
  • Party website | Party platform

Bloc Québécois

Green Party

  • Spend $300-mllion annually to set up a national universal pharmacare program
  • Provide more money to hire staff to open currently closed beds, fully utilize operating rooms and purchase new diagnostic equipment and transfer funds to provinces to build more long-term care beds
  • Train more doctors and nurses, and work with the Canadian Medical Association to fast-track certification of foreign-trained health care professionals
  • Provide student loan forgiveness incentives to graduating health care professionals who agree to work in rural facilities
  • Provide safe drinking water to Canada's First Nation communities. Part of direction of $800-million a year to safer drinking water, education and better housing on reserves
  • Provide funds to alternative therapies, such as chiropractors, massage therapists and acupuncturists
  • Party website | Party platform