The healthcare currently accessible to the public isgreatly inadequate. Fortunately, there are several solutions available.Firstly, high prescription cost and lack of insurance coverage can be solvedwith a universal Pharmacare plan. Secondly, creating a new plan that wouldchange the way care is delivered and organized to deal with lack of proper carethat patients with chronic diseases face. Lastly, funding mental healthservices for the young can prevent the long wait times and high costs manysuffer. Therefore the solutions to a failing healthcare system are introducingPharmacare, the Chronic Care Model, and funding mental health services for theyouth.First of all, there are tremendous burdens whichcome along when diagnosed with a chronic disease; expensive medical bills,treatments and drug costs, physiotherapy costs, and more.
The current solutionto this problem is unsuitable and uses outdated that have not been modernizedover time. The Canadian healthcare system follows a plan from the 1960s whichwas good for the time when there were more acute healthcare needs, but sincethen there has been a rise in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular andrespiratory diseases. Seniors, for instance, are more susceptible to chronicconditions and are not given the proper care from a hospital; the elderly wouldbenefit more from at home care for example. The solution is simple, increasingfunding for chronic disease care and prevention. The increasing in funds wouldmean helping the public to make healthy decisions avoiding diseases such asdiabetes. Also, an increase in support for family care givers, more access toaffordable and effective treatments and medication. Cardio vascular, diabetes,cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases account for 65% of all deaths inCanada and funding could be a solution in solving this crisis.
Over 3, 500 Canadians die by suicide each year, andabout 800 of Canadians are young people. With that in mind putting fundingtowards an education program and crisis intervention would be a smart solution;also the government could pay for counseling for youth for up to 8 sessions. Aparent of a child suffering with mental health problems could go seek theservice of a psychiatrist that is covered by Medicare, the problem that ariseswhen scheduling an appointment are the months that it will take to see aclinician. However, the parents can pay for around $125 per hour to avoid theexcessive wait times. Thus, meaning that if parents are not able to pay for aprivate service, the children must suffer alone for months at a time. Mentalillness costs the economy more than $50 billion a year, but according toSenator Michael Kirby, founding chairmen of Partners for Mental Health, “if youget them early you avoid a lifetime of problems and costs”, and, “a drain onthe economy”. Therefore this would be a decision a money conscious government couldsupport.