Sep 20, 2013
By Dale Goldhawk
11:30 am ET | Dr. Philip Baer
12:15 pm ET | Laurie Campbell
GUEST – Dr. Philip Baer, rheumatologist
TOPIC – The Arthritis Society & Arthritis Awareness Month
INFO – NEW STUDY HIGHLIGHTS STRAIN ARTHRITIS PLACES ON HEALTH-CARE SYSTEM
Canadians with arthritis three times more likely to need health services
TORONTO, ON – September 9 2013
At a time when hospitals across Canada are trying to cut costs by scaling back or closing arthritis clinics, the burden of the disease on our health-care system is only increasing.
In a given year, a Canadian with arthritis is three times more likely to be hospitalized, to require multiple primary care visits, to visit a specialist or to require physiotherapy than someone without any chronic illness. With over 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis, that increased reliance on health services puts enormous strain on the health-care system.
The new figures come from Arthritis in Canada, a series of reports released today by The Arthritis Society and developed on The Society’s behalf by the Arthritis Community Research & Evaluation Unit (ACREU).
GUEST – Laurie Campbell, CEO Credit Canada Debt Solutions, GFB Debt expert
TOPIC – Those Rainy Day Savings, according to a Globe report most Canadians don’t have a rainy day plan.
INFO –Things that could be a surprise are a car breaking down, a layoff or strike, squirrels in your attic (happened to me and cost $1200 to get rid of them!), a car accident etc…