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



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    STORY SUMMARY: (TORONTO) - 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.

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    Broadcasting 3 x 10 Package
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    BROLL INTERVIEW CLIPS: HCC Vice Chair, Dr. Ian Bowmer, Diane Finegood,
Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition, Canadian Institutes of Health
Research

    
    1) VIS: Coverage Diane Finegood, Shots of Health Council, shots of survey
       session with chronic patients, general chronic health care visuals.
    

    B-Roll Interview Clips

    DIANE FINEGOOD, Scientific Director, Institute of Nutrition,
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research

    THE CRISIS

    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.

    PREVENTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF SMALL CHANGES

    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.

    IF NOT PREVENTION: THE COST OF CARE

    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.

    WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO DEAL WITH THE CRISIS?

    It's a really complex set of actors that need to be involved in changing
the way we do business. And those actors including government at the federal
level, at provincial levels and even at local levels. Because the kinds of
changes we need to make are to make our environment such that the healthy
choice is the easy choice to make.

    WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TO DEAL WITH THE CRISIS?

    And I think the first steps are to recognize that we need a whole
government approach. I know the report talks about Act Now B.C. and the whole
of government approach that B.C. is taking. And I think this is an important
first step.

    FINAL WORD

    I think important issues like recognizing that uh again if we if we did
the calculations and looked at the problem of flow into the chronic disease
system and flow out at death and what those costs are, I think we'd discover
that again there's no way to deal with this issue except prevent people uh
from getting in line in the first place. We cannot keep up with the demand as
it will rise given current projects with the prevalence of diabetes and other
chronic diseases. And in Canada I think we're on the precipice of this kind of
an epidemic of chronic disease.

    Dr. Ian Bowmer, Vice-Chair, Health Council of Canada
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    THE THEME OF THE REPORT

    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.

    WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS REPORT?

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

    WHAT CANADIANS WITH CHRONIC DISEASE ARE SAYING.

    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.

    SMALL CHANGES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    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.

    WHAT DOES THE HCC THINK WE CAN DO TO STEM THE TIDE OF CHRONIC DISEASE?

    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

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

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