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Despite Medical Breakthroughs, HIV Care in Canada Still Needs Improvement

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December 1 was World AIDS Day. While scientific advances have led to breakthroughs in treatment of HIV/AIDS, some experts and advocates say that care management for Canadians living with the disease still needs improvement. According to the Toronto Sun, one organization is hoping to change that.

Casey House, a Toronto-based outreach centre for those living with HIV, recently announced the launch of a new Day Health Program designed to address the growing need for specialized care management to help people age with the disease in Ontario.

"The Day Health Program will be an innovative response to the expanding demand for chronic-care management in our province, which currently claims 55 percent of direct and indirect healthcare costs in Ontario," Stephanie Karapita, CEO of Casey House, told the Sun.

According to the Canadian AIDS Council, the cost of treating new cases of the illness could exceed $4 billion, 22 percent higher than initially forecast.

The Casey House initiative is another example of why healthcare is a growing employment sector in the country. And, while HIV survival rates are increasing, demand for qualified professionals in the healthcare industry has never been higher. If you are interested in earning a diploma with our Practical Nursing training, or though other CDI College healthcare programs, you can request more information by filling out the form to the right.  

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