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Critical Illness Statistics

Longer waiting period in public care system (Source : Fraser Institute)

# Neurosurgery is more than four months
# Cancer radiation treatment, over two months
# The average wait for treatment after consulting a specialist for coronary bypass clocks in at up to 52 weeks
# Four to 12 weeks for angioplasty
# 1 in 2 heart attack victims are under the age of 65

Statistics of Heart Attack (Source : Heart & Stroke Foundation)

# 1 in 4 Canadians will contract some form of heart disease
# 75,000 Canadians suffer heart attacks each year
# Heart disease costs the Canadian economy approximately $19 billion every year in medical services, hospitalization expenses, loss of income and loss of productivity
# The rate of death among patients hospitalized for heart attacks has been decreased by half, from 16 per cent to 8 per cent
# 1 in 2 heart attack victims are under the age of 65

Statistics of Stroke (Source : Heart & Stroke Foundation)

# 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke each year
# 75% survive the initial event
# strokes are the leading cause of neurological disability
# 1/3 of stroke victims are under the age of 65
# 60% of stroke victims will be left with a disability

Statistics of Cancer (Source : Canadian Cancer Society)

# more than 130,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer this year
# over 60,000 people in Canada will die this year from the disease
# 1 in 3 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetime
# 1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer
# 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2.5 men will develop cancer in their lifetime.

Statistics of Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (Source : Heart & Stroke Foundation)

# bypass surgery is performed more on men than women by a ratio of nearly 4 to 1
# there are approximately 11,000 bypass surgeries performed in Canada each year
# the rate at which bypass surgery is performed on people age 65 and older has increased

Statistics of Multiple Sclerosis (Source: Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada)

# More than 50,000 Canadians have Multiple Sclerosis
# MS is the most common neurological disease among young Canadians
# Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world.
# Women are twice as likely to develop MS as men

Statistics of Parkinsons Disease (Source: The Parkinson's Foundation of Canada)

# 30% of all Parkinson's patients are under 50
# 20% of all Parkinson's patients are under 40
# there are approximately 80,000 - 100,000 Canadians suffering from Parkinson's

Statistics of Paralysis
(Source : The National Spinal Cord Injury Association of Canada)

# There is an estimated 900 Canadians who sustain a spinal cord injury each year
# More than 30,000 Canadians suffer from paralysis of 2 or more limbs
# Most persons who suffer spinal cord injury are between 16 and 30 years of age
# The most common causes of spinal cord injury are car collisions and falls

Statistics of Alzheimers Disease (Source: The Canadian Alzheimer Society)

# Alzheimer Disease is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada
# Every year approximately 10,000 Canadians die from Alzheimer's
# Approximately 1 in 100 Canadians suffer from Alzheimer's disease
# There are approximately 22,000 people in Metro Toronto with Alzheimer's
# The disease occurs in 8% of the general population over 60

Statistics of Kidney Failure
(Source: The Kidney Foundation of Canada)

# Kidney disease ranks sixth among diseases causing death in Canada
# Each day an average of 8 Canadians learn that their kidneys have failed
# Approximately 2000 Canadians are on a waiting list for kidney transplant
# 351 kidney transplants were performed in Ontario in 1995
# 1 in 10 will develop kidney stones at some point in their lives

Statistics of Deafness
(Source: Canadian Hearing Society)

# 280,000 Canadians are deaf
# 1,120,000 Canadians are hard of hearing
# 1,400,000 do not use amplification
# There are more than 2,800,000 Canadians with hearing loss

Statistics of Occupational HIV
(Source: The Canadian Aids Society)

# Approximately 4.4 million health care workers suffer 800,000 needle sticks and other injuries from sharp objects annually
# An estimated 16,000 of these objects are contaminated with HIV
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