How many nursing beds are needed in Canada to care for frail, elderly people with high care needs? That’s a question that policy makers across the country are grappling with, given the aging population and especially the rapidly growing number of very elderly people over the age of 85.
Lorsqu’un système de soins de santé ne peut pas exploiter les ressources à sa disposition de façon optimale, les conséquences peuvent être désastreuses, et c’est exactement ce qui se produit dans le système de santé canadien.
Le rythme des dépenses dans le système de soins de santé public du Canada semble s’être ralenti, ce qui laisse entrevoir la possibilité, finalement, d’un infléchissement de la courbe des coûts en santé et d’une transformation réussie du système.
When a health care system cannot make the best use of resources at its disposal, consequences can be dire, and such is the case with the Canadian health system. A recent study from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) found that between 12,600 and 24,500 deaths could be prevented each year in Canada if our health system were perfectly efficient
The most basic way of categorizing healthcare financing is to separate public and private healthcare costs. Public financing includes expenditures from any level of government (financed through taxation) as well as social insurance funds (these are much more widespread in European health care systems, although Workers’ Compensation Boards would be included here).
Pharmaceutical costs have been rising dramatically over the past three decades, both in real terms and as a component of health care spending. In 2012, Canadians spent $947 per capita a year on pharmaceuticals, up from $147 per capita in 1985.
The prevalence of obesity in Canada has substantially increased over the past 30 years. More than one in four Canadian adults have obesity and childhood obesity has tripled during the same time period. The obesity epidemic is one of the biggest health challenges facing Canadians today.
Mental illness and addictions take a toll that can be measured in human costs, healthcare costs and costs to society. Approximately one in five Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction each year and 50% will experience one in their lifetime.
Backgrounder: Girls in Canada subject to dating violence, self-harm, low self-esteem, racial discrimination
Despite advances over the years, girls in Canada face pressures — new and old — that limit their potential. Canadian statistics and research findings prove that the real-life challenges of girls have not been addressed — particularly for girls who are marginalized, such as immigrant, Indigenous, racialized, or rural girls.