Older Adults and the Health Care System: Can We Afford It?


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Older Adults and the Health Care System: Can We Afford It?
The current health care system is not sustainable in light of the aging population. The present population bulge is the direct opposite of the baby boom bulge but the current bulge is small compared to what awaits (Evans &
, 2001). When the health care system was instituted, the Canadian population was characterized by very different demographics than is currently the case. The present trends reveal high increases in long-term care and home care and especially heavy use of the health system by the oldest-old, or people aged 85 years and older (
, et al., 2003). Demographics are not the only consideration since the incidence of various diseases also is...
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.....e time to plan the sustainability and reform which is urgently needed.
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