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The ageing population is more marked in the east


Alain Thériault

17 July 2018 07:00

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The demographic trends are undeniable, points out Bernard Lord, ceo of Medavie.

In an interview to the Journal of insurance, he presented statistics on the aging of the population, drawn from a lecture delivered at Quebec, in the framework of the colloquium in 2018 the Centre of expertise for large organizations the customer experience. The proportion of older people in Canada began to exceed that of children from 0 to 14 years of age at the beginning of 2010. The gap continues to increase.

“This demographic trend is more pronounced in eastern Canada, particularly in the population of the atlantic provinces,” added Mr. Lord. In these provinces, it is expected that the growth of the population in the next 10 years will be less than 2 %. The growth of the population 65 years and older will be greater than 50 %. This is pretty much the same thing for Quebec. The canadian population will increase by 20 % in the next 10 years, but the population 65 years and over will increase to 55 % during this period. “

People are living longer. It is a good thing, ” said Mr. Lord, but these demographic changes create pressure on the health systems. People get older with one or more chronic diseases. This is the reality that is coming, he says.

“As an organization, we must ask how to help people, groups, and health organizations, and governments to better prepare, but also to find solutions. Several of the items we allow. Act at the level of prevention programs, and make services more accessible, to predict beforehand who will be hit by one or the other chronic diseases. “

Mr. Lord reveals that Medavie discusses with other companies on how to use the data on the mode of life, combining the expertise and knowledge of its subsidiaries. “We can predict who will be reached by analyzing the data on the mode of life of the people. “He said that he could not reveal all the details of his approach in the moment.

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