Improving Lifestyle Habits: Substantial Benefits for Quebec’s Economy and the Health of Its Citizens

The Conference Board of Canada, 7 pages, November 24, 2014
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This report looks at the economic and health gains that could be achieved by reducing the prevalence of chronic diseases in Quebec. 

This publication includes an English Executive Summary, followed by a French version of the full report.

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Chronic diseases impose a heavy cost on Quebec’s health care system. And the prevalence of these diseases is growing, due largely to the aging of the population and unhealthy lifestyle choices. Improving Lifestyle Habits: Substantial Benefits for Quebec’s Economy and the Health of Its Citizens looks at the cost to Quebec of treating the six most prevalent chronic diseases (ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, diabetes, and high blood pressure). It also outlines what can be done to reduce the prevalence of these ailments and the health and economic benefits that Quebec could reap by investing in prevention and the promoting of healthy lifestyle choices.

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