Media Briefing: Bridgepoint Health Tuesday, October 30th - Complex Chronic Disease: are we ready for "the new disease out there"?

    TORONTO, Oct. 26 /CNW/ -

    What:  Event includes:
           -  Canadian healthcare experts - what will it take to be ready?
           -  People living with the No. 1 healthcare challenge of our time -
              telling their stories
           -  Release of new Harris/Decima public opinion data - what
              Canadians have told us

    When:  Tuesday, October 30th
           10:30 am

    Who:   Bridgepoint Health is the first and only healthcare organization
           in Canada fully dedicated to the prevention, management and
           research of complex chronic disease and disability.

           Hear from:
           -  Marian Walsh, CEO, Bridgepoint Health
           -  Dr. Heather MacDonald, VP and Chief of Staff, Bridgepoint
           -  Dr. Ben Chan, CEO, Ontario Health Quality Council
           -  Individuals living with complex chronic disease

    Where: Bridgepoint Health
           14 St. Matthews Road, Toronto
           (Northwest of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St. - parking and main
           entrance on west side of building)

    Why:   Chronic disease is the No. 1 healthcare challenge of this century
           (World Health Organization) and accounts for 60% of the global
           disease burden.

           -  50% of Canadians - over 16 million people - have at least one
              chronic disease
           -  70% of people aged 45 years+ already have at least two chronic
           -  1 in 7 have three or more chronic conditions
           -  The healthcare burden for chronic disease in Canada is
              $160 billion annually

For further information:

For further information: Enez Perkins,, (647)
292-6253 or Bev Jenkins,, (647) 204-1845

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