(VANCOUVER, MAY 10, 2013) The BC Conservative Party has pledged to commit up to $20 million per year over a five-year period to fund early stage Alzheimer’s research.
Party leader John Cummins called Alzheimer’s one of the most significant problems facing the aging population in the province. According to Fraser Health Authority, the population of British Columbians over 65 is expected to increase by 20 percent by 2020. Cummins described the costs of care for Alzheimer’s patients as a huge future expense for the health care system:
“As baby boomers age, this disease Alzheimer’s is going to be like an epidemic in Canada. It’s going to be a disease that is going to be hugely costly to the health care system.”
Approximately one hundred new cases of Alzheimer’s are diagnosed in Canada every day, with an estimated annual care cost of $175 000 per patient. Cummins said a national program is needed to help deal with this health issue, and that it is important for British Columbia to spearhead the initiative to eliminate the problem.
“Supporting scientific research to defeat Alzheimer’s is a worthwhile investment,” BC Conservative candidate in Parksville – Qualicum David Coupland said. “We will work with the Canadian Dementia Action Network and other groups to achieve our goal of eliminating this debilitating disease.”
The BC Conservative Party financial commitment to Alzeimer’s research will be funded from the New Expenditure section outlined in the party’s fiscal framework.
This article was originally published on the BCIT News website.