Share Your Views on Healthcare Reform Through #PrescriptionForCare Survey

It’s a subject that touches Canadians deeply but carries mixed views.  While most are inherently proud of our healthcare system that offers universal access to healthcare professionals, treatment and facilities, we know the system has been stretched and there is room to re-imagine how healthcare could better meet the needs of both patients and their caregivers.

Over the past few weeks, Teva Canada has started the #PrescriptionForCare conversation.  It’s introduced initiatives to examine the future of healthcare in Canada; what it looks like and how it needs to evolve to best serve Canadians and caregivers. As a leader in providing caregiving resources to Canadians online and through local pharmacies, this year Teva Canada has been committed to bringing important voices in healthcare together with a goal to develop ideas to support a new collaborative model of care that supports people in all stages of life. Now we’re looking to you for your experience and ideas for change.

“Teva Canada is pleased to be partnering with People Before Patients, a movement that invites everyone to engage in healthcare reform,” says Teva Canada general manager, Christine Poulin. “We’re bringing health and wellness visionaries to the table to discuss what a healthcare system would look like if health and care co-existed in better balance. This is especially important for today’s caregiver who juggles many roles in managing the well-being of loved ones, often with complex needs in a complex healthcare system.”

According to Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey – Caregiving and Care Receiving (compiled pre-pandemic, released in 2022), one in four Canadians aged 15 or older are providing care for family members or friends with a long-term condition, a physical or mental disability or problems related to aging. Women account for almost two-thirds of caregivers providing 20 or more hours of care per week and those providing that level of care are more likely to report their caregiving responsibilities to be stressful or very stressful. Further, more than 80 per cent of caregivers who provide more than 20 hours of care per week felt they were unable to spend as much time with their family and more than three-quarters reported spending less time participating in social activities and with friends.

“Not only are caregivers a vital resource to those they care for, but they are a critical healthcare partner who are often charged with advocating, mediating and co-ordinating care with healthcare professionals in a complex healthcare system,” says Poulin. “While the act of caregiving is rewarding, for many people it’s not easy and not without challenges. Today more than one in five Canadians are unpaid caregivers to family members and friends, with a physical, cognitive or mental health condition.”

People Before Patients’ CEO Mark Stolow, agrees. “The pandemic meant that many Canadians experienced the limitations of our healthcare system. Countless caregivers have had to fill in the gaps when caring for a family member or friend who is vulnerable. With new initiatives like the #PrescriptionForCare survey and virtual event, we are creating a platform for the exchange of ideas, big and small, that empower caregivers to collaborate with health professionals and stakeholders for a better system. We urge Canadians to get involved and share their voice.”

#PrescriptionForCare Survey – Share your opinions and ideas on healthcare reform

Teva Canada is engaged and dedicated to providing a platform for Canadians’ individual and collective visions of what the future of healthcare should look like — from all perspectives. Through the #PrescriptionForCare online survey we’re looking for input based on your experiences.

We know healthcare is a matter of importance to all Canadians and we want to hear how it can be re-imagined benefitting your health and the health of your communities. While surveys are confidential, we’ll be sharing the results with key government stakeholders and leaders in the healthcare space.  It’s time to move forward and write a new #PrescriptionForCare!

#PrescriptionForCare Event — Register for a free, live virtual event

Rounding out Caregiver Month and the many unique perspectives on healthcare, Teva Canada and People Before Patients will present a collaborative virtual panel discussion featuring a keynote address by former TSN host and mental health advocate, Michael Landsberg. Along with a live exchange and wrap up of ideas from health experts featured in the month-long podcast series, there will also be an opportunity for questions and an exchange of ideas following the presentations.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. EDT. Hosted on Zoom, the event will be streamed live to Teva Canada’s Facebook page. Click to register on Eventbrite.