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A Manitoba doctor explains why our health-care system isn't ready for patients living longer

Dr. Philip St. John, co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba, says hospitals need to better accommodate patients with multiple chronic conditions. 'We need a health-care system that can count past one,' says Dr. St. John.

Dr. Philip St. John is co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba

Dr. Philip St. John is the co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba, which began in 2012 and is tracking 50,000 participants over 20 years, keeping data on biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic indicators. He is also an associate professor and head of geriatric medicine in the department of internal medicine at the University of Manitoba. (CBC)

The University of Manitoba's Dr. Philip St. John, co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba, says hospitals need to better accommodate patients with multiple chronic conditions.

'We need a health-care system that can count past one,' says Dr. St. John.

See why he thinks our health-care system isn't ready for an aging population:

Dr. Philip St. John, co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba, says hospitals need to better accommodate patients with multiple chronic conditions. 'We need a health-care system that can count past one,' says Dr. St. John. 2:31

Dr. St. John is the co-lead investigator of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging Manitoba, which began in 2012 and is tracking 50,000 participants over 20 years, keeping data on biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic indicators.

He is also an associate professor and head of geriatric medicine in the department of internal medicine at the University of Manitoba.

With files from Tyson Koschik