“We know that 87 per cent of Canadians are prone to be affected by a number of chronic ailments or main diseases all through their lifetime,” says Eileen Dooley, CEO of HealthPartners.
“The affect of COVID-19 on these Canadians ─ and their households and caregivers ─ can’t be understated. The menace of the virus itself, coupled with difficulties in accessing providers, diagnoses and helps ─ on the identical time that well being charities have seen main losses in funding ─ is contributing to important challenges to Canadians dwelling with chronic illness and their caregivers.”
Mental well being concerns
Half (50 per cent) of these with such diseases say the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on their capacity to entry these providers have negatively affected their psychological well being. Fifty-six per cent say choices to postpone remedies can have implications for his or her remedy plan and 20 per cent say these will likely be long-term penalties.
Also, 62 per cent of caregivers really feel extra overwhelmed now than earlier than the pandemic, with 53 per cent feeling the toll on their psychological well being. Seventy-one per cent say their psychological well being has been impacted by the pandemic. Fifty-one per cent say the extra care they’ve taken on has impacted their funds.
The Canadian economy lost almost $2.1 billion in lost productivity and wages in 2019 due to long wait times for surgery and other medical treatments, in keeping with a Fraser Institute research.