Provinces with more seniors should get more health care cash, doctors say

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WATCH ABOVE: Taking care of our aging population is getting expensive and those costs are set to explode. Many provinces say Ottawa is not doing enough to help them deal with the costs of seniors’ medical care. As Jacques Bourbeau reports, we took their plea to the federal leaders on the campaign trail.

As Canada hands out federal health money on a per capita basis, provinces with aging populations could be in trouble.

The Canadian Medical Association fears this framework could mean those dollars aren’t going to where they’re needed most: Canada’s seniors.

Canadians 65 and over account for only 15 per cent of the population, but consume 45 per cent of health care spending, according to statistics from the CMA.

“On average a patient in hospital who is elderly will cost between two and three times as much as a younger person in hospital,” said CMA President Chris…

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