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Some challenges facing Canada's health care system

OTTAWA -- Despite a 10-year agreement to invest in and fix Canada's health-care system, there are significant challenges that remain. The Canadian Nurses Association has identified several key ones:

-- A third of Canadians have at least one chronic health condition, and chronic diseases cost about $900 billion a year in treatment and lost productivity.

-- About 25 per cent of Canadians are considered obese, projected to rise to 30 per cent by 2020.

-- Up to 80 per cent of heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes, as well as a third of cancers, could likely be prevented by eliminating risks.

-- Mental-health problems cost Canada's economy about $33 billion a year.

-- A new case of dementia will be diagnosed every two minutes by 2030.

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