Posters, Aging Population
Despite all the hype, the aging population adds a little less than one percent to the cost of healthcare per year.
The major increase in costs for our healthcare system comes from wage increases, the use of new and more expensive technologies and other factors, but not as a result of an aging population.
Our health system is designed for a younger population and to treat acute illnesses. Yes we have an aging population that suffers primarily from chronic conditions best treated under a home care model.
The architecture of our health system was created in the 1960s but we’ve had a demographic shift that’s been reversed since. Our health system needs to reflect our changing population and their needs
You can’t wave a magic wand and have everything in the health system suddenly delivered by homecare without there being explicit consideration of how to deploy this homecare workforce
Our health system has been designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals – rather than having the patient at the centre
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