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Read the discussion paper released by Health Canada, along with a message from the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance.
Pneumonia is a respiratory illness that not only presents more commonly among the elderly, but also among children and those with compromised immune systems. In addition to affecting health and well-being, the disease can also incur huge costs to the health care system, caregivers, and the economy. The annual direct health care cost of pneumonia in Canada will increase to $532.2 million by 2025