For the first time ever in Canadian history, there are more adults aged 65 years and older, than there are children aged 0 to 14 years.
This according to Statistics Canada’s most recent population estimates as of July 1st, 2015.
“Nearly one in six Canadians (16.1%)—a record 5,780,900 Canadians—was at least 65 years old, compared with 5,749,400 children aged 0 to 14 years (16.0%).”
BC Care Providers Association calls for action
In light of these stats, another report suggests B.C.’s government redirect some health care dollars to help the rapidly aging population.
The recommendations from the BC Care Providers Association include transferring 1% of BC’s annual acute care budget to community care.
CEO Daniel Fontaine says by turning care homes into “care hubs,” B.C. can provide better and more cost-effective care outside of a hospital.
“You could actually have dialysis, or have an IV, or wound care, or other types of sub-acute services, but we can’t do that with the current funding model that we have in place.”
Fontaine says the changes would result in the redirection of $320-million of existing funding towards long-term care beds and home supports.
Median age of persons in Canada is now 40.5 years, with a total population of 35,851,774 (as of July 1st, 2015)