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Health burden on Atlantic Canada will soon be unbearable

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12.10.2019

SHERI SOMERVILLE

Normally, an organization like the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce concerns itself with issues related to the economy and taxation, advocating for an environment that encourages investment in the local businesses that create jobs and contributes to improved quality of life.

But elections have a way of expanding the dialogue to issues that are critical for our communities, provinces and our region.

One issue that has been noted repeatedly but has difficulty maintaining public attention is the impact of Atlantic Canada’s aging population on the cost of providing health care. The four Atlantic provinces rank the highest nationally in median age, six to nine per cent higher than the national average, and face a baby boomer retirement wave that will fundamentally impact the cost structure for our provincial governments as they strive to provide quality education and health services. It’s been estimated that by 2038, more than 30 per cent of our population in Atlantic........

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