Health Council of Canada to release report on chronic health conditions and experiences with care



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    STORY SUMMARY: Health Council of Canada will release a report entitled
Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health
Conditions. More than nine million Canadians suffer from one or more chronic
health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart
disease, arthritis, and mood disorders. In this report, we turn to Canadians
living with chronic health conditions to learn from them about their
experiences with care, and demonstrate why health care renewal matters to
individuals whose health and well-being are at stake. Collectively, we bear
the significant, and growing, health care and economic burden of our failure
to prevent chronic conditions and to provide high quality chronic illness
care. This report is the second in a series in which the Health Council
examines whether Canada's health care system is meeting the needs of people
with chronic health conditions and how changes to care can improve health
outcomes.

    SCRIPT: AUDIO CLIPS - ATTENTION ASSIGNMENT EDITORS and HEALTH EDITORS

    Health Council of Canada to release report on chronic health conditions
    and experiences with care

    STORY:

    Health Council of Canada will release a report entitled Why Health Care
Renewal Matters: Learning from Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. More
than nine million Canadians suffer from one or more chronic health conditions
such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, and
mood disorders. In this report, we turn to Canadians living with chronic
health conditions to learn from them about their experiences with care, and
demonstrate why health care renewal matters to individuals whose health and
well-being are at stake. This report is the second in a series in which the
Health Council examines whether Canada's health care system is meeting the
needs of people with chronic health conditions and how changes to care can
improve health outcomes.
    (suggested lead) More than nine million Canadians suffer from one or more
chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart
disease, arthritis, and mood disorders. Today, The Health Council of Canada
released a report entitled Why Health Care Renewal Matters: Learning from
Canadians with Chronic Health Conditions. Diane Finegood, Scientific Director,
Institute of Nutrition, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Dr. Ian
Bowmer, Vice-Chair, Health Council of Canada explain in further detail.

    01 (HCC DFinegood clip 1)
    CRISIS
    Toronto. X-32s

    "Given the amount of attention that both the individual and the
healthcare system need to pay to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes its, it
really is a crisis. Because if we don't start preventing people from
developing the disease we're going to really have a very unmanageable
situation on our hands. In particular when we think about the fact that
diseases that used to be only associated with aging and old people are now
being seen in children as young as 10 and 12 years of age. We really have a
crisis on our hands." (CNW Group)

    02 (HCC DFinegood clip 2)
    PREVENTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF SMALL CHANGES
    Toronto. X-28s

    "There's good evidence to support modest changes in uh behaviour can
actually have a big impact on preventing people from getting diabetes. In fact
modest reductions in weight of 5 to 10% of body weight which is you know on
the order of 5 to 10 pounds or kilograms is; is really quite adequate to have
a significant impact on preventing type 2 diabetes. So we really have to get
peoples' head wrapped around that in order to really have progress I think."
(CNW Group)

    03 (HCC DFinegood clip 3)
    IF NOT PREVENTION: THE COST OF CARE
    Toronto. X-22s

    "In B.C. where they did a projection about how much money would be left
for all the ministries of government except health if healthcare costs
continued to rise in the fashion that they are currently doing. And I think
the estimate was that by 2017 there would be no money left in the government
coffers in B.C. for anything but health and a flat lined education budget."
(CNW Group)

    04 (HCC Dr. Ian Bowmer clip 1)
    THE THEME OF THE REPORT
    Toronto. X-28s

    "The um the report shows very clearly that uh with investment in the
prevention we can actually reduce healthcare costs over time and within - with
small changes in lifestyle management 25% change in someone's lifestyle in a
population can start to drop the costs ten years from now. So we have to
invest now for the future." (CNW Group)

    05 (HCC Dr. Ian Bowmer clip 2)
    WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS REPORT?
    Toronto. X-10s

    "Well this is the first time that anyone has actually asked Canadians
with chronic disease uh how they feel about their care." (CNW Group)

    06 (HCC Dr. Ian Bowmer clip 3)
    WHAT CANADIANS WITH CHRONIC DISEASE ARE SAYING.
    Toronto. X-56s

    "In Canada there; there is good access for people with chronic disease to
family physicians. The problems are that they don't get access in a timely
manner. They do not have access to team care which we know actually reduces
the cost of uh healthcare for people suffering from uh chronic diseases. Last
year we showed that uh in diabetes a collaborative care model reduced the per
patient per year cost by nearly 500 dollars a person. So collaborative care is
something that we really believe can reduce costs. If we look at the survey,
very few of our patients surveyed had access to a nurse, a nurse practitioner
within the uh physicians office." (CNW Group)

    07 (HCC Dr. Ian Bowmer clip 4)
    SMALL CHANGES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
    Toronto. X-14s

    "And; and what we're talking about really is not huge steps we're talking
about small changes in everybody's lifestyle so that; we can prevent these
diseases over time."
    (CNW Group)

    08(HCC Dr. Ian Bowmer clip 5)
    WHAT DOES THE HCC THINK WE CAN DO TO STEM THE TIDE OF CHRONIC DISEASE?
    Toronto. X-33s

    "I feel that we as Canadians do not take enough responsibility for our
own health. We've got to start managing our own conditions. We have to demand
from governments that they provide us programs which are integrated care. We
need not only the healthcare system to help us with our chronic diseases, but
we need other health professionals working together with us as patients to be
able to actually manage our care."
    (CNW Group)

    Suggested Tag: This report is the second in a series in which the Health
Council examines whether Canada's health care system is meeting the needs of
people with chronic health conditions and how changes to care can improve
health outcomes.

    STATIONS, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: Marta Marychuk, Health
Council of Canada Phone (416) 480-7085, Cell (416) 428-8423
mmarychuk@healthcouncilcanada.ca or Nazia Khan, Temple Scott Associates
    Phone (416) 360-6183, ext. 229, nazia@tsa.ca

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