The cost of providing health services to a family is going up, and that has put pressure on hospitals to find ways to cut costs.
This means there are more and more people needing to buy medical supplies for their families, said Lisa O’Connell, senior vice president of research at the Medical Supply Association of Canada (MASCA).
“When you have that growing demand, the supply is going to be very limited,” O’Connor said.
“If you’re not getting a lot of people in, it can be really challenging.”
The medical supply shortage also has a big impact on the way people get healthcare.
In some cases, that means people have to go elsewhere to get healthcare, said O’Conners, because they can’t afford to pay for it.
“It’s like a death sentence for a lot more people than we’d like to think,” O’ton said.
The shortage also affects the cost of healthcare for people who are sick.
While it’s not a big issue in Ontario, there are a lot fewer doctors and nurses in the province than people would expect, said Paul Sacco, CEO of the Ontario Association of Nurses and Midwives.
“The supply of healthcare is also becoming more and the supply of supplies is getting more and even more expensive,” he said.
When people have no choice but to pay out of pocket for their medical needs, it also means they’re more likely to stay home to care for their family.
“You’re more at risk of getting your life saved,” Sacco said.
That means people who aren’t able to get enough medical supplies to their families are at a higher risk of death.
“There’s an enormous impact on how many people you can have access to,” Odon said.
People who aren, and aren’t, able to afford it “is an issue that has really increased the cost,” Ocon said.
It’s also costing hospitals and other healthcare providers money.
That is particularly true for family medicine and urgent care, which together comprise almost a third of hospital costs in Ontario.
“We’ve got a very large demand in family medicine, especially for urgent care,” said John McQuaid, president of the Canadian Medical Association.
“In some circumstances, that can mean that you have to make some cuts in services.”
The Canadian Medical Society (CMS) estimates that there are currently about 2.4 million family doctors and more than 600,000 specialists.
Those numbers are growing rapidly, and are expected to double over the next decade, the association said in a 2017 report.
“Family physicians are also often the most expensive doctors in Canada, and this is reflected in the total cost of medical care for family physicians,” the CMS report said.
Family physicians, who can prescribe medicine for the family, make up nearly 10 per cent of the medical supply in Ontario and about 15 per cent in Canada overall.
In 2017, family medicine accounted for about half of the total medical supply, accounting for $4.4 billion.
“I would think that we’re going to see an increase in the number of family doctors,” McQuain said.
But even if there are fewer family doctors, there’s still a demand for family medical equipment and supplies.
In 2018, more than half of all medical supplies and medical equipment purchased by Canadian health systems in the U.S. were family-oriented, according to the American Medical Association (AMA).
That’s because they tend to be used by people with different health needs, the AMA said.
Medical supplies that don’t meet these criteria can be found in the United States.
For example, in 2017, the U,S.
Army spent $10.5 billion on medical supplies that didn’t meet the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) criteria for medical supplies.
“They were looking for things that would be used in emergency rooms,” Mcquain said of the US. military.
“When they saw that, they were like, ‘OK, let’s take this one,'” he said of military medical supplies used in hospitals.
“A lot of these supplies are just generic, and so that’s a big cost.”
Health officials have pointed out that some health care systems in Canada also have a limited supply of basic medical supplies, such as x-rays, intravenous catheters and other supplies.
The Canadian medical supply market is also growing.
In Canada, health system costs grew 7.2 per cent from 2015 to 2017, according, the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
That’s an increase of 6.2 million people, according the government.
“Our market is really growing, but it’s also growing at a slower pace,” said Odon.
“This is a very small market, and it’s very difficult to find enough doctors and specialists to meet the demand.”
O’Don, the medical supplies association president, said that the situation is similar in Ontario with family medicine.
“With the growing demand in families, the