Public health care! or private health care! - Does it really matter?

    Canadians should understand that sick care is not well care

    OTTAWA, Jan. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The issue of public or private health care
has long been the subject of contentious debate among politicians and public
interest groups. A key point of disagreement has been about which system would
provide the best combination of budget and service. Both sides present strong
practical and theoretical argument.
    Published medical studies offer evidence that many diseases can be
prevented. Clinical studies have indicated that more than 90 per cent of
cancer and cardiovascular cases can be averted, and that only 10 per cent of
these diseases are congenital. Yet, neither private nor public health care
systems practice preventive medicine. The majority of the health care systems
in Canada function on the premise of responding to existing health problems,
including diagnosis, testing, and treatment.
    While politicians debate health care systems Canadians should give
serious consideration to the question of preventive health care, which has
been proven to save thousands of lives every year. Canadians should understand
that sick care is not well care... and they should know that certain changes
in lifestyle and annual testing (basic to prevention) should be the ultimate
guide of the health care system.

    How can health systems respond to this challenge?

    Fortunately, a few medical clinics in Canada have started to focus on the
preventive approach as fundamental to patient care. In Ottawa, the medical
team of La Vie Health Center under the direction of Dr. Hassan Sannoufi MD,
CCFP, has developed a sophisticated set of diagnosing and testing tools that
would transform patient lifestyle and increase the chances of avoiding fatal
diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular.
    The preventive team at La Vie believes that by applying and adhering to
the clinical studies and the research recommendations of prevention
guidelines, they can eliminate certain dangerous conditions. Their medical
approach is based on two major elements: first, a proactive and thorough
three-dimensional testing and screening program for possible genetic risks;
second, behavioral risk modifications by providing their patients with
information and skills to reduce health risks. Needless to say, these risk
reductions would annually result in a dramatic decrease of new cases of
chronic diseases that otherwise would be an extensive burden on the current
public health system.
    A serious, comprehensive preventive health care system would save
Canadian lives and reduce the burden on our growing national health budget.
Medical decisions would remain with medical professionals practicing within a
mandate of rules and regulations set by political authorities and a government
program to educate Canadians in support of proactive practice to reduce health
    For more information, please take time to learn how the professionals at
La Vie Health can develop a preventive Health Action Plan and provide the
support you and your family need to implement it., or call
(613) 592-0862.

For further information:

For further information: Leo Maiorino, (613) 592-0862 ext 222

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