Canadian seniors worst off in health care

A new study by the Commonwealth Fund,  the International Survey of Older Adults finds Canadian seniors at the bottom of the 11 countries studied.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/in-the-literature/2014/nov/international-survey-of-older-adults

For example,

1) Canada has the worst record out of all 11 countries including USA, UK, France and Sweden in terms of seniors getting a same or next day appointment with a doctor or nurse. Only 45% could do so.

2) As far as cost related issues, we were 3rd after the US and New Zealand in terms of health expenses.

3) Canadians over 65 had the highest number of seniors with at least 2 chronic conditions, second only to US seniors.

The study confirms the urgent need for a national seniors’ health strategy.

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