The Aging Population as a Challenge to Providing Quality Health Services Introduction to the Issue Canada’s population is aging and within the next ten years, one fifth of Canadian citizens will be over the age of retirement due to a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in the average length of life in this country (Statistics Canada, 2010). While the country has social safety nets in place, it is not clear whether these will be able to provide enough care for the large proportion of Canadian society which is aging. This is because, as the population ages as a whole, fewer tax dollars will be available to ensure that the health care system is funded effectively. In addition, an elderly population are also more at risk for complex...The end:
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