Few Canadians would disagree that it is easier to feel great in summer, when the sun shines and long days make it easy to get outside and enjoy nature. But if “winter blues” linger and make it difficult to cope with daily life, it may be something more serious than just the typical cold weather blahs.
From a cost perspective, private employer drug plans are under siege. New treatments have been introduced in the Canadian market at alarming prices, such as a staggering $71,000 for a new treatment for hepatitis C. At the same time, high-cost claimants – those whose prescription costs ranged from $6,900 to $755,000 in 2014 – are taking an increasingly large slice of the benefit pie: the top 1% of all claimants comprised 28% of total spending in 2014.
More than 10 million Canadians are currently living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and an estimated one million are living with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes. These staggering numbers are increasing rapidly – more than 480 people in Canada are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every single day. In fact, the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) says that if rates continue to grow at the current pace, one-third of Canadians will have diabetes by 2020.
Family doctors play an essential role in the health of Canadians, and Family Doctor Week in Canada (November 9-14, 2015) celebrates the outstanding contributions made by these dedicated professionals to the health of their patients.
Its official arrival may be December 21, but for Canadians, winter will be here any moment – along with peak cold and flu season.