TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Broken bones (fractures) place a
tremendous burden on Canadians. In aging Canadians in particular, fractures often lead to hospitalization,
depression, loss of mobility and independence and in some cases even
death. In addition to the personal toll, the financial burden of
fractures is staggering.
Osteoporosis Canada, in time for November Osteoporosis month, has
released an expert report that examines the personal and financial
burden of fractures and recommends a cost-effective model of care that
has been proven to reduce the impact of osteoporosis and repeat
The report identifies the huge costs resulting from the 30,000 Canadians
who fracture a hip each year. The average hip fracture patient spends
an average of 23 days in hospital and rehabilitation centres at an
average acute care cost of $20,000 per patient. Nearly a quarter of
these individuals end up in long-term care facilities accounting for
$600 million annually. Add to this the cost of the 170,000 Canadians
who suffer a fracture of the spine, wrist, shoulder, pelvis and other
bones and it is no surprise that the total cost of osteoporosis in
Canada in 2010 was $2.3 billion.
These costs will continue to climb as Canadian baby boomers age and the
impact of this very common bone disease continues to increase.
There is an effective and simple solution to close the post-fracture
osteoporosis care gap. It involves a systemic approach that ensures
that all patients who present with a "signal" fracture receive the
osteoporosis care they need to prevent future fragility fractures. This
is called a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) and is being implemented by a number of innovative Canadian and
international health care providers. The results of FLS are undeniable
- a reduction of the incidence and disability related to recurring
fractures as well as reduction in health and social costs.
Unfortunately, Canada is still lacking a systematic approach to reduce
the incidence, burden and cost of osteoporotic fragility fractures.
Very few jurisdictions in this country have access to an FLS.
Canadians should be entitled to a health care system that is able to
recognize the signs and take the necessary steps to break the cycle of
repeat fractures. Osteoporosis Canada urges healthcare systems across
the country to implement FLS by 2015.
About Osteoporosis Canada
Osteoporosis Canada (OC) is the only national charitable organization
dedicated to serving Canadians who have, or are at risk of,
osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. In keeping with its vision of
a Canada without osteoporotic fractures, OC works to educate, empower
and support individuals and communities in the risk reduction and
treatment of osteoporosis. For more information on Osteoporosis Canada
visit www.osteoporosis.ca or call 1-800-463-6842.
SOURCE: Osteoporosis Canada
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