CANADIAN SARCOPENIA FOUNDATION
The Canadian Sarcopenia Foundation is Canada's first not-for-profit charity which will function as a direct intermediary between participating family physicians, and qualified preventative healthcare facilities across the country. It is born primarily out of economic and demographic necessity, but is also intended for any Canadian - young or old - who has ever taken a deeper look at our healthcare system, and concluded that it is largely unsustainable.
I've been an entrepreneur since 2012, and during that time, I've often tried to distill not only what I think it means to create value for people, but I've also tried to figure out 'what' I think society should value, and 'how' one should go about creating that value. I don't claim to have any final answers within this arena, but I do think I can help. As far as what it means to create value for society, this is the essence of free trade and capitalism, rather, those are the vehicles through which human values can flourish.
It's really hard to predict 'what it means' to create value for society, because without innovation and value creation, without the freedom to trade, civilization would not exist, plain and simple. The 'how' of it may be a bit simpler to explain, and for me, it comes down to one word.
How did we come up with the C.S.F.? In a few words, contemplation and consistent recalibration. We identified a problem, had an idea, and reworked it over and over until it made sense. All in all, this process took about 2 years from start to finish, and realistically, we're nowhere near done. So, if you're interested in creating value for society, that's not a terrible place to start.
The next question is, 'what' should people value. You could fill in the blanks with any number of legitimate human values, but my two cents here is that none of those other answers are even possible without the prime mover, human health. Specifically, the maintenance, improvement and optimization of the robust human organism, not the wizardly ingestion of pharmaceuticals to restore frailty & lost health. I'm not anti-medicine, far from it, but when anywhere from 70%-90% of all chronic disease processes are lifestyle caused and perfectly preventable, it's not that some small fact has been lost in translation, it's that most of us aren't even speaking the same language, and we haven't been for several decades.
You might already see what I'm getting at. In many ways, our system requires a complete overhaul, which begs the question, 'how exactly will the C.S.F. create value for society?' Since we're a charity operating in the field of health care, and health care in Canada is socialized - meaning the costs are covered by the working public and the unborn - the end value we will create for Canadian society is directed to two places.
- Current taxpayers
- Future taxpayers
In essence, we believe the preliminary numbers easily indicate that with a little hard work, we'll be able to save taxpayers a boatload of money down the road. As mentioned earlier, the economics of our system is one of the primary reasons for the creation of the C.S.F. But perhaps the only reason why the economics of socialized medicine have become so strained, is because of the second reason for the creation of the C.S.F., demographics.
I won't bore you with the details, but essentially, Baby Boomers did not have nearly enough children, and we're headed for a demographic winter. Where we used to have 7 working aged adults to pay for every retiree, in the coming years, this ratio will crater to 2:1. Obviously these numbers are impossible, especially when we consider that working aged adults must also care for their own children.
So the issue is this, what do seniors tend to spend money on as they age? The answer is health care; and not the preventative kind. With per capita health care spending already ratcheting past $6,000 in 2016, how high will this number skyrocket when the bulk of Baby Boomers retire between 2015 - 2025? I don't want to find out, but I will.
The average cost to taxpayers for a 1 week hospital stay for a patient with a disease of the circulatory system, is approximately $11,260. The average cost to taxpayers for a 1 week hospital stay for a patient who has suffered a fall or an accident, is approximately $9,400. Imagine that, 1 person falls or has a heart attack or requires dialysis, and YOUR entire health care expenditure for the whole year is eaten up in a matter of days. Needless to say, something has to give.
That which mathematically cannot continue, will not continue.
Once fully operational, the C.S.F. will facilitate the highest quality preventative health care interventions for a fraction of the yearly cost tied to hospital stays and per capita health care spending. We estimate that a 5 month program will range between $800 - $1200, and will have the effect of first, improving patient blood panels, second, improving strength and body composition, and third, mitigating a large percentage of the costs associated with palliative or chronic disease care.
Luckily for Canadians, the why is obvious and the how is actually quite simple - if we're all on board. But now we ask for your help. We can't do it alone, will you join us in creating a stronger Canada for all?