The number of Canadians living with chronic illness has soared in recent years, a situation that many of them say is a sign of a health care system struggling to meet its mandate.
The number has jumped by nearly 300,000 in the last five years, and some experts say it could go much higher.
The new holiday season, dubbed the Winter Solstice, is set to be one of the busiest times of the year in Canada, with more than 1.5 million people expected to gather in communities across the country.
“People are living with more chronic illnesses than ever before,” said Dr. Michael Cawthorne, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital and one of Canada’s leading experts on chronic illnesses.
“It is becoming more and more clear that we need to move towards a public health strategy that supports people who are suffering.”
The Canadian Association of Physicians for a Healthier Canada says there’s a growing demand for healthcare for chronic conditions and that the holiday season has been a “time to rejoice, to celebrate, to show solidarity.”
“It’s the time of year when people are coming together to heal,” said Cawdorne, whose organization has pushed for better medical care for the chronically ill for years.
“And the holiday is a perfect time for us to celebrate and to celebrate together.”
But he says there are still challenges in meeting the health care needs of the chronically and those with chronic conditions, especially those with complex conditions.
The association says the health system needs to do more to support those with more complex conditions who are more likely to need hospitalization.
A recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association found that one in five Canadians over the age of 65 is currently chronically ill.
But the survey also found that nearly half of all chronic illness cases were in people who had not been diagnosed with any of the conditions, with nearly a quarter of people in the age group of 70 and over being diagnosed with some form of chronic disease.
“We know that there are a lot of people living with a lot more chronic illness than others,” said Chris Fong, president of the Canadian Association for Health Care Workers.
“The issue is they are not necessarily living at home.
They are not living in the community.”
Fong said there are about 6,000 chronic conditions in Canada right now, and that is still a lot lower than many of the countries with the highest rates of chronic illnesses, such as the United States.
Fong has been working on the issue for years and says the public needs to be more vocal in their concerns about the health of their neighbours.
“I think we have to be as open and transparent about this as we possibly can be,” he said.
“This is a big deal for the people who live in our communities, and we are really working together to do everything we can to make sure that we can get it right.”
This is really about making sure that there’s an integrated approach to the delivery of healthcare, the way that we deliver healthcare.
“In 2017, the number of chronic conditions diagnosed in Canadians increased by about 300,00 people in that age group, according to the Canadian Centre for Health Statistics.
The health department says that is up from nearly 900,000 people in 2015.
The problem is not limited to just Canada, though.
In 2015, more than half of the adults in Canada over the ages of 65 were diagnosed with a chronic condition, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Chronic illness in Canada is also on the rise in some other countries, such the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
And in the U: United States, a 2017 study found that more than one in three adults over the next two decades will be diagnosed with chronic illnesses and could be at higher risk for certain chronic conditions.
And a 2017 survey of more than 2,500 adults found that almost half of those people will be living with at least one chronic condition.
Many of the people surveyed said they had experienced their first symptoms of chronic illness, such a fever, pain, fatigue, memory loss, or a loss of appetite.
Many have also suffered from other physical and mental ailments, such migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart problems.
“If you get isolated in the hospital and don’t have anyone to talk to, that can really exacerbate those symptoms.” “
A lot of these folks have these chronic conditions that are hard to manage,” he explained.
“If you get isolated in the hospital and don’t have anyone to talk to, that can really exacerbate those symptoms.”
While there are more Canadians living in chronic conditions today, many of these conditions aren’t considered health issues, and many people don’t know they have them.
Many people who have chronic illnesses don’t even know they exist, or they don’t understand how serious their conditions are.
That is a challenge for the health department.
“You can imagine the frustration we’re seeing,” said Fong.
“There are a number of patients who are just not aware of their condition and