Aging Population and Its Potential Impact
What’s the Issue?
Canada’s population is aging and per capita healthcare costs increase with age. Many political commentators have put these facts together to predict how the aging population threatens the sustainability of Canada’s healthcare system. But what if some other facts are thrown into the mix?
- The aged are only a small part of the population. An increase in the aged population is still only a small percentage of a small percentage.
- Too many Canadians are being persuaded to use more expensive treatments including brand-name drugs for which there are cheaper alternatives. That is, for many brand name drugs there are cheaper generic versions which are biologically equivalent. This isn’t just a problem for the elderly.
- There are examples out there for how to do things more efficiently which will save money.
Most Canadians might also be surprised to know that an aging population is nothing new. Canada’s population has been aging for the past 40 years now. This means that there’s already lots of data on how an aging population really affects healthcare. And a lot of concrete ideas on how to manage it without breaking the bank.