Aging smokers are putting a huge strain on Canada’s health care system.
A new report is calling on government to fix Canada’s failing approach to chronic disease.
It’s called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or “COPD.”
A lung disease causing breathlessness and brought on by smoking, it’s the number one reason for hospitalizations in Canada.
Now the non-profit “Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement” has released a report showing hospital stays could be decreased by up to 80% if care is provided at home, saving $688 million in hospital costs over the next five years.
B.C. recorded more than 10,000 inpatient hospitalizations due to the smoking related disease with an average hospital stay of seven days.