Looking ahead at Canadian healthcare in 2020
Each year, I look back, and peek forward to see what the next year may hold for health care in Canada — and make a few predictions along the way.
Canadian health care is on the cusp of significant change and several initiatives will have a profound effect on how it is delivered in Canada in the coming years.
The big picture challenges facing our health system continue. Long wait times, controlling costs, lack of care coordination, and fragmented care, are main issues. Inappropriate medication duplication, an ongoing opioid crisis, and the rise in chronic disease are also persistent concerns.
Patient-centred care is focused on treating patients with dignity, including assisting them with goal-setting and decision-making, and ensuring proper coordination of their care. We will see a continued focus on patient engagement tools including personal health records, patient portals and remote patient monitoring, which enables patients to play a more active role in managing their personal health and chronic diseases.
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