CAR in Action
Add Your Voice to the Call for a National Seniors Strategy!
The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) is committed to patient safety and timely access to quality medical imaging for all Canadians. Access to medical imaging is a critical part of health care to all segments of the population. One population segment needing critical attention is seniors’ care. Today, 14% of Canada’s population is over 65 but accounts for almost 50% of all health costs. In 20 years, seniors are expected to make up 25% of the population while representing 62% of healthcare costs. This changing Canadian demographic landscape demands attention to our health care delivery system.
An aging population will require even more imaging resources across the board and, considering the challenges with access that already exist, a redesign of seniors care is particularly crucial at the present time. It is important for the CAR to be a contributor to solutions to address the medical imaging challenges which will include, among others, increasing demand on a system already strained with wait times and access issues, a need for access strategies, and a need for attention to appropriate use of medical imaging resources.
The CAR has thus joined forces with the Alliance for a National Seniors Strategy to make seniors care a ballot issue in the October 2015 federal elections. The Alliance, a coalition of national health and consumer associations and organizations, believes that a reform centered on improving seniors care is urgently needed. The Alliance is thus calling for all levels of government, with the federal government as the lead, to elaborate a national seniors’ strategy that can effectively meet the evolving needs of a growing aging population well into the future. The CAR is poised to help address the challenges ahead and to be the voice to ensure medical imaging is a component of any national seniors’ strategy.
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