TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Better Care Faster, a public awareness campaign launched today by a coalition of concerned
health care professionals, patient and advocacy groups, health
charities and research-based pharmaceutical companies, calls on all
Ontarians to work together to develop solutions aimed at improving
Ontario's health care system.
"The population of Ontario is rapidly growing, and the health care needs
of our aging citizens are putting an increased demand on our system
resources. While we have made significant progress to improve many
aspects of our health care system, there remains much more to be done,"
said Dr. Stewart Kennedy, President of the Ontario Medical Association.
"Now is the time to come together to develop collaborative solutions
for the continued improvement of our health care system."
As Ontario's population continues to grow and age, Ontario's health care
system faces enormous demands for care that will burden the system
beyond its current capacity. Ontario's population will grow by almost
35 per cent by 2036,1 and in 10 years almost one in five Ontarians will be over 65, an
increase of over 37 per cent since 2005.2 Furthermore, almost 80 per cent of Ontarians over 45 currently have a
chronic condition3. The incidence of conditions such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease and
dementia will continue to rise as the population ages, putting greater
pressure on health care resources.
"As the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise, ensuring
Ontarians have timely access to the right care at the right time
becomes increasingly important," said Russell Williams, President of
Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D). "One element
of this campaign is working together to ensure that innovative
medicines are made available to people of Ontario who need them most."
The Better Care Faster campaign is a starting point—a place to begin working together to find
and implement solutions for our health care system to be ready for the
needs of Ontario's growing and aging population in the future. These
will include solutions that put innovation to work faster, prevent and
manage chronic disease, ensure that patients have access to the
medicines they need to manage their health and well-being, and ensure
that Ontarians get released from hospital and into the right level of
care in their communities sooner.
"Over the past several years we've seen many solutions implemented to
address the health needs of Ontarians. However, new information and
technology is ever evolving, and so must our efforts to improve the
health care system," said George Habib, President and CEO, Ontario Lung
Association. "This is why the dialogue sparked by Better Care Faster is so important- to raise pressing health care issues and provide a
place to share ideas and information. We welcome all concerned
individuals and organizations to join us in developing solutions."
The campaign is brought to the Ontario public by a partnership of
concerned organizations including: Arthritis Society, Asthma Society of
Canada, CARP, Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders, Canada's
Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D), Institute for
Optimizing Health Outcomes, Ontario College of Family Physicians,
Ontario Lung Association, Ontario Medical Association, Ontario
Pharmacists' Association and Nurse Practitioners' Association of
Join the conversation. Visit bettercarefaster.ca to share your concerns,
have your voice heard and discuss solutions for the improvement of our
health care system.
1 Ontario Ministry of Finance. Ontario Population Projections Update
2010-2036. Queen's Printer for Ontario. Spring 2011.
2 Heart and Stroke Foundation. A Perfect Storm: 2010 Heart and Stroke
Foundation Annual Report on Canadians' Health. January 2010.
3 Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care website. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/english/providers/program/cdpm/index.html
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