An announcement from Statistics Canada last week confirmed that the tipping point came earlier this year, 16.1 per cent of Canadians are over 65, while 16 per cent are 15 or under.
Barring an unbelievable surge in birth rates, this is a trend that is unlikely to go anywhere for awhile. In less than a decade, Stats Canada is estimating that one out of every five Canadians will qualify for a senior citizen discount.
Last week in this space, we spoke about the need for changes to health care funding, and this news should only turn up the volume on those alarm bells many of us have been sounding for several years now.
Currently, our health-care system seems to be stretched near its limit, and with an aging population, it is very worrisome that we will be able to adequately look after a large portion of our population. This is already something Canadians across the country are struggling with. as we mentioned last week, almost half-a-million Canadians are currently not receiving the level of home-care they require and unless drastic, sweeping changes are made, it’s almost guaranteed to get worse.
For a change, this isn’t a case of not spending enough money. Rather, it’s a case of spending too much money on the wrong things, with far too little ending up on the front lines of this ‘grey tsunami’ where it can actually make a difference as we continue towards an uncertain future when it comes to care for our seniors.
With the election just around the corner, as can be expected, every party has made grandiose promises for improving healthcare.
We don’t need more promises. Canadians need leadership with a clear goal and an attainable plan to provide the health care our seniors deserve.