As many as 95,000 British Columbians are living with a chronic disease that’s costing the province more than $90-million dollars a year.
But a new program hopes to change that.
“COPD”, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the number one reason for hospitalizations in Canada.
But the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement says that doesn’t have to be the case.
Dr. Don Sin with St. Paul’s hospital says the test-program helped patients by educating them and providing individualized plans.
“If we can prevent these hospitalizations it will benefit almost every stakeholder in the health care system. So this is a tremendous I think opportunity to change the paradigm of COPD care.”
Sin says that for every dollar spent in B-C towards this program, B-C would save $21 in healthcare costs.
Sin says he’s confident Health Care officials will continue to fund the program given the positive results.
She says in BC alone 56,000 bed days are used for patients with COPD.