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Toward a Dementia Strategy for Canada: CMA Submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy10674
Date
2013-01-21
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
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Policy Type
Parliamentary submission
Date
2013-01-21
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
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As Canada's population ages, concern is growing about the capacity of our health care system to respond to the increased demands that will be placed on it. Of particular concern is the capacity to deal with an expected surge in the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, a major cause of disability in Canadians aged 65 and older. The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shares this concern. In August 2012, CMA's General Council passed a resolution supporting the development of a national dementia strategy. Background About three quarters of a million Canadians currently live with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia and cognitive impairment. People with dementia may live for years with the condition, and will eventually need round-the-clock care. Our knowledge of how to prevent dementia is limited, and we do not fully understand its causes. Though treatments are available that may delay progression of the patient's condition, there is no known cure. Dementia currently costs Canada roughly $33 billion per year, both in direct health care expenses and in indirect costs, such as lost earnings of the patient's caregivers. Since the number one risk factor for dementia is age, there is no question that with the aging of Canada's population, its prevalence will increase. The Alzheimer Society of Canada predicts that by 2031, 1.4 million Canadians will have dementia, and by 2040 the annual cost to the country will reach $293 billion. Other countries, including Australia, Norway, Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom, have developed national strategies to address the dementia epidemic. CMA recommends strongly that Canada join this list. A national strategy could address issues of pressing concern such as * The need for research on the prevention and treatment of dementia; * The occupation of acute-care hospital beds by patients with dementia while awaiting placement in more appropriate long-term care settings. This both increases health-care costs and exacerbates Canada's waiting-list problem, blocking hospital beds which could otherwise be used for other patients. * The emotional and financial burden faced by spouses, children or other informal caregivers of patients with dementia. A Dementia Strategy for Canadians Given the terrible toll that dementia currently takes on Canadians and their health care, and given the certainty that this toll will grow more severe in coming decades, the CMA believes that it is vital for Canada to develop a focused strategy to address it. The Alzheimer Society of Canada recommends that a national dementia strategy encompass the following elements: 1. Increased investment in research on key aspects of dementia, including prevention, treatment options, and improving quality of life. 2. Increased support for informal caregivers. This should take several forms. a. Financial support. The 2011 federal budget introduced a Family Caregiver Tax Credit of up to $300 a year. However, this does not adequately reimburse the cost of a caregiver's time, which studies have shown is often much higher. b. Programs to relieve the stress experienced by caregivers; this can include education and skill-building, and the provision of respite care and other support services. 3. An emphasis on brain health and risk reduction, early diagnosis and intervention. 4. An integrated system of care facilitated by effective co-ordination and case management. 5. A strengthened dementia workforce, which includes both developing an adequate supply of specialists and improving the diagnosis and treatment capabilities of all frontline health professionals. The Government of Canada has supported similar condition-specific strategies, most recently the Canadian Cancer Strategy, initially funded in 2006 and renewed for five years beyond 2012. This strategy focuses on prevention and screening, early detection, clinical care, supporting the patient's journey, targeted research, and work with the First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities. We believe that a national strategy for dementia, bringing together partners such as the Alzheimer Society of Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging), the Canadian Caregiver Coalition, and other patient and health professional groups, will enhance the ability of our health care system to respond to the coming dementia epidemic in a compassionate and cost-effective manner. In 2012, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Institute of Aging) and the Alzheimer Society of Canada have invested about $30 million in research. We propose that an initial investment in a National Dementia Strategy be $25 million per year for five years: $10 million for research, $10 million for caregiver support and respite care, and $5 million for knowledge transfer, partnership development and administrative support. Therefore the Canadian Medical Association recommends: That the Government of Canada fund the development and implementation of a National Dementia Strategy for an initial five-year period. The CMA is ready to work with governments, patients and their families, health professional associations and other stakeholders to make this recommendation a reality. Sources: Alzheimer Society of Canada. A New Way of Looking at Dementia in Canada. Based on a study conducted by RiskAnalytica. C. 2010 Canadian Medical Association. A More Robust Economy Through a Healthier Population. 2012-2013 pre-budget submission.
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Town-hall consultations on the social determinants of health

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy10905
Date
2013-08-21
Topics
Health systems, system funding and performance
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC13-101
The Canadian Medical Association will develop and implement a strategy to encourage collaborative action on the recommendations raised during its recent town-hall consultations on the social determinants of health.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Date
2013-08-21
Topics
Health systems, system funding and performance
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC13-101
The Canadian Medical Association will develop and implement a strategy to encourage collaborative action on the recommendations raised during its recent town-hall consultations on the social determinants of health.
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The Canadian Medical Association will develop and implement a strategy to encourage collaborative action on the recommendations raised during its recent town-hall consultations on the social determinants of health.
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Needle exchange programs

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy736
Last Reviewed
2016-05-20
Date
1990-10-27
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD91-02-34
That the Canadian Medical Association strongly endorse the concept of government funding for needle exchange programs as a public health initiative to help prevent the spread of AIDS and other diseases spread by intravenous drug use.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2016-05-20
Date
1990-10-27
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
BD91-02-34
That the Canadian Medical Association strongly endorse the concept of government funding for needle exchange programs as a public health initiative to help prevent the spread of AIDS and other diseases spread by intravenous drug use.
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That the Canadian Medical Association strongly endorse the concept of government funding for needle exchange programs as a public health initiative to help prevent the spread of AIDS and other diseases spread by intravenous drug use.
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School health programmes

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy779
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-40
The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations shall lend support in stimulating initiation and improvement of school health.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-40
The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations shall lend support in stimulating initiation and improvement of school health.
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The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations shall lend support in stimulating initiation and improvement of school health.
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Programmes for drug addicts

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy780
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-43
That the Canadian Medical Association favours the availability of multi-modal programmes to aid in dealing with the many faceted needs of the drug dependent population and taking into account the multi-drug use problem.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-43
That the Canadian Medical Association favours the availability of multi-modal programmes to aid in dealing with the many faceted needs of the drug dependent population and taking into account the multi-drug use problem.
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That the Canadian Medical Association favours the availability of multi-modal programmes to aid in dealing with the many faceted needs of the drug dependent population and taking into account the multi-drug use problem.
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Psycho-active substances and the operation of motor vehicles and industrial equipment

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy781
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Pharmaceuticals/ prescribing/ cannabis/ marijuana/ drugs
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-50
That the membership of the Canadian Medical Association clearly inform its patients, and the general public at large, of the hazards associated with the operation of motor vehicles, industrial equipment, etc., while under the influence of psycho-active substances, especially alcohol and antihistamines, and particularly the combination of such substances.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1973-06-16
Topics
Pharmaceuticals/ prescribing/ cannabis/ marijuana/ drugs
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC73-50
That the membership of the Canadian Medical Association clearly inform its patients, and the general public at large, of the hazards associated with the operation of motor vehicles, industrial equipment, etc., while under the influence of psycho-active substances, especially alcohol and antihistamines, and particularly the combination of such substances.
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That the membership of the Canadian Medical Association clearly inform its patients, and the general public at large, of the hazards associated with the operation of motor vehicles, industrial equipment, etc., while under the influence of psycho-active substances, especially alcohol and antihistamines, and particularly the combination of such substances.
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Treatment of alcohol dependence

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy789
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Health care and patient safety
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-33
Be it resolved that this association stress the value of active participation by the medical profession in all aspects of treatment of alcohol dependence and misuse.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Health care and patient safety
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-33
Be it resolved that this association stress the value of active participation by the medical profession in all aspects of treatment of alcohol dependence and misuse.
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Be it resolved that this association stress the value of active participation by the medical profession in all aspects of treatment of alcohol dependence and misuse.
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Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-34
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association recognize alcoholism as an addictive disease.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-34
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association recognize alcoholism as an addictive disease.
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Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association recognize alcoholism as an addictive disease.
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Sexually transmitted diseases

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy791
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-36
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association stress to physicians the need for contact follow-up in cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-36
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association stress to physicians the need for contact follow-up in cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
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Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association stress to physicians the need for contact follow-up in cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
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Tropical or exotic diseases

https://policybase.cma.ca/en/permalink/policy792
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-37
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association encourage increased surveillance by physicians and health officials, in view of the increased incidence of tropical or "exotic" diseases in Canada as a result of international travel.
Policy Type
Policy resolution
Last Reviewed
2017-03-04
Date
1976-06-25
Topics
Population health/ health equity/ public health
Resolution
GC76-37
Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association encourage increased surveillance by physicians and health officials, in view of the increased incidence of tropical or "exotic" diseases in Canada as a result of international travel.
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Be it resolved that the Canadian Medical Association encourage increased surveillance by physicians and health officials, in view of the increased incidence of tropical or "exotic" diseases in Canada as a result of international travel.
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