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Demographic shifts. Digital health. Big data. Chronic disease. High cost specialty drugs. These are just a few of the mega trends that are disrupting health care and health insurance industries – trends that are compelling us to reframe our thinking in the way we provide care.

What many consider as the future of health care is not over the horizon - it is here now. That means the time for health care improvements is also now.

As we all know, health spending is way up and that pressure will only increase as key drivers of health care spending continue to accelerate.

Between 2011 and 2016 the percentage of Canadians over 65 jumped 20%, compared to a 5% population growth. By 2031, about 23 per cent of us will be seniors. As Canadians age, they will rightfully want to receive services and care that meet their needs and expectations.

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Bernard Lord

Bernard Lord became Chief Executive Officer of Medavie in September 2016 to provide strategic leadership to further the company’s mission to improve the wellbeing of Canadians. Prior to this role, he spent eight years on the Board of Medavie and was President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunication Association of Canada. He sits on boards of several companies and organizations, including as Chair of Ontario Power Generation. Mr. Lord served as Premier of New Brunswick from 1999 to 2006.

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