What’s YOUR role in health care?Posted: April 21, 2011
How’s YOUR health care?
As our Federal election looms, I think it’s worth asking a few questions about health care. As citizens, to what degree should we be in charge of our own health? Is it fair that one person can abuse their body and another take care of it while we all pay for high health care costs? Should we be accountable for our actions and choices? What could be an incentive for this?
OK, so given all that, it’s your turn… how would you answer the questions above?
Consider some stats from the Canadian Diabetes Assn:
“Approximately 10% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is increasing dramatically due to a number of factors:
- The population is aging.
- Obesity rates are rising.
- Canadian lifestyles are increasingly sedentary.
- Aboriginal people are three to five times more likely than the general population to develop type 2 diabetes.
- Almost 80% of new Canadians come from populations that are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes. These include people of Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent.
To date there is no proven way to prevent type 1 diabetes. The onset of type 2 diabetes may be prevented or delayed, through increased physical activity, healthy eating and weight loss.” Sound familiar?
Consider some stats from Health Canada:
“Between the late 1980s and today, the prevalence of obesity increased significantly in both the United States and Canada. In Canadian men the prevalence rose by approximately 10 percentage points and among men in the United States, the prevalence rose by 12 percentage points. Among women, the increase was approximately 8 percentage points in Canada and approximately 10 percentage points in the United States.”
Lastly, what’s your view of our Prime Minister’s proposed Fitness Tax Credit?
In Health & Fitness, Heather