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“Provinces face precarious fiscal positions—even post-pandemic”

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Jake Fuss of the Fraser Institute has written an article citing
the high cost of senior health care.

He writes:“As the senior population increases in Canada, there will be significant
pressure placed on provincial health care budgets. Seniors use more health-care
resources than other age groups”.

Fuss fais to mention the high cost of Diabetes and Obesity.


DIABETES:Canada has seen rising rates of diabetes. In 2015, the estimated prevalence
of diabetes was 3.4 million or 9.3% of the population, and is predicted to rise to
5 million or 12.1% of the population by 2025,
representing a 44% increase from
2015 to 2025 (6).

Between 2011/12 and 2021/22, new cases of diabetes are estimated to result in
$15.36 billion in Canadian health care costs,
almost two-thirds of which will
be spent on acute hospitalizations and physician services (65.1%).


OBESITY in Canada — where more than one in four people live with obesity — related
health care costs are as high as $7 billion and are projected to increase to
nearly $9 billion by 2021.Nov 1, 2019

It should be acknowledged that elderly persons cannot be held accountable for
growing old whereas the the matter of obesity and some of the diabetes is the
result of an excessive lifestyle.

Finally, we find Jacob Fuss’ article to be not senior friendly. As a matter
of fact we believe it engenders inter-generational discord. It could even be
considered hate literature in that he fails to present a balanced presentation
of the reality of public spending costs.


01/12/21 Jake Fuss – Guest Opinion – Toronto Sun