The Canadian Heart Health Strategy: Risk Factors and Future Cost Implications

The Conference Board of Canada, 36 pages, February 8, 2010
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The CBoC was contracted to investigate the potential impact on national health expenditures if risk factors related to cardiovascular diseases were reduced. This report presents the approach, methodology, and final results of the work.

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The Canadian Heart Health Strategy and Action Plan (CHHS-AP), Building a Heart Healthy Canada, seeks to reduce the growing disease and cost burdens of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in Canada. The CHHS-AP contracted the Conference Board to investigate the potential impact on future national health expenditures if a reduction in risk factors was achieved. This report presents the approach, methodology, and final results of the work.

The forecast looked at five risk factors: lack of physical activity, smoking, obesity, hypertension, and consumption of fruit and vegetables. The analysis was anchored in a detailed population forecast for Canada and compared two forecast scenarios.

The analysis found that achieving the CHHS-AP risk factor targets will lead to a substantial reduction in CVD-related illnesses and cost savings for the health system, governments, and Canadian economy—it suggests a cumulative cost savings of about $5 billion per year, with significantly larger savings if the forecast is extended beyond 2020.

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