Houston, PCs focused on preventative measures on chronic illness

Nova Scotians with a chronic illness will see more in-home support, while hospital emergency rooms will be less congested under a Tim Houston PC government.

Houston says chronic illness is often ignored, straining the capacity of our healthcare system. Five percent of patients are responsible for 70 percent of health funding in Nova Scotia, with many of those people suffering from chronic illness.

“We are putting forward solutions, and that means identifying and preventing problems before they start,” says Houston. “The band-aid, reactionary healthcare system isn’t working. It’s time for a clear plan to fix the healthcare crisis.”

A PC government will establish a new Chronic Illness Treatment and Prevention Program that focuses funding on an in-home treatment model for patients with chronic illnesses. The PC solution is based on the INSPIRED model for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients.  

The INSPIRED program targets aggressive self-management of chronic illnesses. It is a proven solution that cuts ER visits in half with over 60 percent fewer nights spent in hospital by participating patients.

In addition to better health outcomes, this program saves $21 for every $1 invested. In a healthcare system where administrative costs are the highest in the country and 35 percent higher than the national average, Houston says better solutions are needed.

“Our plan means experts coming to the patient - into their homes to monitor and enhance their care,” says Houston.

Other solutions for chronic illnesses include:

Expanding virtual options to increase monitoring of patients.
Introducing a smoking cessation program to promote healthier outcomes.

Since well before the election, the PCs have been committed to finding solutions to the problems facing our healthcare system including reducing surgery wait times and adding family doctors.

Overall, Nova Scotia spends $4.6 billion on health for fewer than one million people. That is more per person than Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia.  

“If you are not affected by chronic illness, this program will free up capacity for family doctors.” says Houston, “Fewer individuals needing treatment in emergency rooms will make access to healthcare easier for everyone.

“If you are affected by chronic illness, this program could save your life.”