The President of the Canadian Medical Association spoke at the 2016 Health Innovation & Public Policy Conference at the University of Saskatchewan Wednesday.
Dr. Cindy Forbes spoke about long-term care homes and prescription drugs.
Forbes says long-term care homes need to be a focus of the healthcare system to start saving some of the family members of those who are taking care of their loved one while sitting on a wait list.
She remembers helping out a older man whose wife was on a waiting list to get into a seniors home.
In taking care of his wife, he stopped his regular activities of cycling and bowling, gained weight, and as a result that led to high blood pressure.
After that, he had to take more medication for high cholestrol.
As for the prescription drugs, Forbes says they need to be more affordable.
She has had a few patients experience trouble in paying for prescriptions, but one man who was due for blood work is still fresh in her mind.
They called him multiple times and he wouldn’t come in.
Once he did, he came clean saying his wife lost her job and he couldn’t afford more pills.
Forbes has laid out 3 overarching goals that our health care system should try work towards:
- Review major challenges facing Canadians as well as the provinces and territories in meeting the needs of our aging population.
- Set the groundwork for the federal role in health in advance of discussions with the provinces and territories on the new Health Accord.
- Identify key priorities for federal action in health, including improving access to prescription medication, expanding the availability of continuing care and establishing new funding to provinces and territories to support seniors’ care.