Health Care in Canada, 2011: A Focus on Seniors and Aging – CIHI – 1 December 2011

Posted on December 2, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: |

Health Care in Canada, 2011: A Focus on Seniors and Aging – CIHI Canadian Institute for Health Information- 1 December 2011 

“As the baby boom generation begins to turn 65 this year, the aging of Canada’s population will accelerate. As a result, the health care system will need to adapt to meet the future needs of a growing senior population, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). Health Care in Canada, 2011: A Focus on Seniors and Aging shows that, while Canada’s seniors (age 65 and older) are living longer and are healthier than ever, they are frequent users of the health system, costing more than any other segment of the population. Representing just 14% of the population, seniors use 40% of hospital services in Canada and account for about 45% of all provincial and territorial government health spending.

“Although the impact of population aging on health costs has remained relatively stable over time, health care planners and providers are rightfully looking at ways to meet the needs of a growing senior population,” says John Wright, CIHI’s President and CEO. “The number of Canadians age 65 and older is expected to nearly double to 25% of the population by 2036. Understanding where gaps exist and where efforts can be concentrated will help ensure that the system remains strong and efficient for Canadians of all ages.”

CIHI’s report identifies opportunities for the health system to meet these changing needs, including improved integration across the health care continuum, an increased focus on prevention and more efficient adoption and use of new technologies.”

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