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Don't Blame Aging For Rising Health Costs, At Least In Canada

Posted Jan 29 2011 11:27am
New research suggests aging is not the only contributor to the rising health costs, but how many people are living longer with chronic diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure and depression are mentioned as examples)

The data, published Thursday by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, show that patterns of health-care use are similar at age 45, 65 and 85 for people with no chronic health conditions.

And the more chronic illnesses a person suffers from – regardless of age
– the more they use health services such as visiting a GP or specialist,
consulting a pharmacist, going to emergency and being admitted to hospital.

You'd better pay attention to any Canadian news about health care. Many in this country would like you to believe their system is far superior to ours, but you'd have to wonder why, for example, the Premier of Newfoundland had his cardiac surgery last year in the United States .

Check out the full article here for lots of statistics and a more detailed discussion of the issue.

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