Can Canada’s Health Care Policies Cope With Today’s Challenges?
Much has been written about the stresses and strains of our current Canadian health care system. Based on the Canada Health Act of 1984, the policies put into place nearly 40 years ago are in no way equipped to handle the realities of 2022 and beyond. Our health care system needs to begin to tackle its shortcomings, and be redirected to make it more forward-looking to address today’s needs, and those of tomorrow.
We read every day about spiraling health care costs. Innovations in treatment are making giant gains in effectively battling diseases, yet their costs are unattainable for many.
Gino Stirpe, VP of VUMI® Canada comments, “Hip and knee replacements can give patients a new lease on life, yet in our country, there can be a two year wait for these surgeries. That’s two long years living in constant pain. Wait times for potentially life-threatening procedures, like hysterectomies, can be 6 months to a year. Why should anyone have to live in fear that a delay could cause dire consequences?”
Of course, the pandemic has put a terrible strain on hospitals. Yet even with COVID hospitalizations becoming more manageable, surgeries are so backlogged, there is not much hope for immediate treatment.
“More and more Canadians are turning to alternate ways to keep their families protected. A VUMI® Canada supplemental health plan is a sensible option, opening the doors to prompt treatment in the U.S., utilizing the latest technologies and medical advances,” Stirpe concludes. “High quality and time sensitive care can – and will – ensure the best possible outcomes.”