CBC NEWS | Online report – 23 August 2010
Canadians are concerned their quality of health care will decline from the strain posed by aging baby boomers, a new poll suggests. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) carried out the poll in June 2010 by as part of its annual report card focused on access to health-care services.
“This year our report card shows young adult Canadians are bracing for increased healthcare costs in the future,” said CMA president Dr. Anne Doig. “We know that as people age, they require more health-care services and right now, there is a very real worry that unless it is significantly transformed, our health-care system will not be able to meet the needs of future generations.”
About 80% of those polled said they were concerned the quality of health care will decline from the strain on the system posed by the baby boomer generation. A similar number, 79%, were worried the health-care system will not be able to offer the same level of coverage as the baby boomers reach retirement age.
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