Why Canada needs a national seniors strategy
Our health system was designed 50 years ago when the average age of Canadians was 27. Today it’s 47. Canadians have changed but their health care system hasn’t.
The reason it takes so long to get a hip replacement is that thousands of seniors are in acute care hospital beds when they should be in long-term care or at home with community care assistance.
This is among the many reasons why Canadians of all ages should be concerned that there is no national seniors strategy. Let us explain.
Canada’s 5.2 million seniors (14% of the population) account for almost half of what we spend on health care. Yet we haven’t been investing in enough long-term care facilities or home care to accommodate them and to free up the acute care hospital beds needed to serve everyone.
Canada’s doctors believe the best step for the future of your health care — and the care of your loved ones — is the creation of a national seniors strategy.