The Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Dashboard helps patients and other stakeholders understand the facts about the disease and the gaps in the delivery of RA care and treatment in Canada.

Canada

General health information

Total population

Life expectancy men

Life expectancy women

38 million

80 years1

84 years1

Annual health expenditure

Obesity
(% of population)

Smokers
(% of population)

$308 billion2

27%3

15%4

Arthritis in Canada

Total people living
with Arthritis

Women

Men

Frequency

Estimated people living with Arthritis
in 2040

Arthritis cost
to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

6 million5

3.6 million5

2.4 million5

1 per 1,000 persons per year

8 million5

$34 billion5

Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis care

Standardized model of care

Number of rheumatologists
per 75,000 population

Time to RA diagnosis after experiencing first symptoms (% of patients within 1 month)

RA patient time wait time for first rheumatologist visit (% of patients longer than 3 months)

No

0.629

37%10

33%10

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Canada
1

Total people living
with RA

Women

Men

Frequency

Estimated people living with RA
in 2040

RA cost
to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

385,0006

255,0006

130,0006

200 per 1,000 persons per year 7

585,0008

$6 billion8

Barriers to virtual care

Lack of digital skills

Access to internet

Cost of Electronics

Language

1 Statistics Canada. Health-adjusted life expectancy in Canada.
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2018004/article/54950-eng.htm
2 Canadian Institute for Health information. Health spending.
https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-spending
3 Statistics Canada. Overweight and obese adults, 2018.
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2019001/article/00005-eng.htm
4 Canadian Public Health Association. Tobacco and Vaping Use in Canada: Moving Forward, May 31, 2021.
https://www.cpha.ca/tobacco-and-vaping-use-canada-moving-forward
5  The Journal of Rheumatology. An Update on Arthritis in Canada – National and Provincial Data Regarding the Past, Present and Future
https://www.jrheum.org/content/46/6/579.tab-figures-data
6 Government of Canada. Rheumatoid arthritis in Canada.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis.html
7 Arthritis Society. Arthritis Facts and Figures.
https://arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/what-is-arthritis/arthritis-facts-and-figures
8 Athritis Alliance of Canada. The impact of arthritis in Canada: today and over the next 30 years.
https://www.arthritisalliance.ca/en/initiativesen/impact-of-arthritis
8 The Journal of Rheumatology. Results From the 2020 Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Workforce and Wellness Survey.
https://www.jrheum.org/content/jrheum/early/2022/02/09/jrheum.210990.full.pdf
9 Global RA Network. Patient Experiences of Rheumatoid Arthritis Models of Care: An International Survey.
https://globalranetwork.org/project/global-ra-network-survey/

Canada

General health information

Total population

Life expectancy men

Life expectancy women

38 million

80 years1

84 years1

Annual health expenditure

Obesity
(% of population)

Smokers
(% of population)

$308 billion2

27%3

15%4

Arthritis in Canada

Total people living
with Arthritis

Women

Men

Frequency

Estimated people living
with Arthritis in 2040

Arthritis cost to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

6 million5

3.6 million5

2.4 million5

1 per 1,000 persons per year

8 million5

$34 billion5

Models of Rheumatoid Arthritis care

Standardized model of care

Number of rheumatologists
per 75,000 population

Time to RA diagnosis after experiencing first symptoms (% of patients within 1 month)

RA patient time wait time for first rheumatologist visit (% of patients longer than 3 months)

No

0.629

37%10

33%10

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in Canada

Total people living
with RA

Women

Men

Frequency

Estimated people living
with RA in 2040

RA cost to society
(health care costs and loss to economy)

385,0006

255,0006

130,0006

200 per 1,000 persons per year 7

585,0008

$6 billion8

Barriers to virtual care

Lack of digital skills

Access to internet

Cost of Electronics

Language

1 Statistics Canada. Health-adjusted life expectancy in Canada.
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2018004/article/54950-eng.htm
2 Canadian Institute for Health information. Health spending.
https://www.cihi.ca/en/health-spending
3 Statistics Canada. Overweight and obese adults, 2018.
https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2019001/article/00005-eng.htm
4 Canadian Public Health Association. Tobacco and Vaping Use in Canada: Moving Forward, May 31, 2021.
https://www.cpha.ca/tobacco-and-vaping-use-canada-moving-forward
5  The Journal of Rheumatology. An Update on Arthritis in Canada – National and Provincial Data Regarding the Past, Present and Future
https://www.jrheum.org/content/46/6/579.tab-figures-data
6 Government of Canada. Rheumatoid arthritis in Canada.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/rheumatoid-arthritis.html
7 Arthritis Society. Arthritis Facts and Figures.
https://arthritis.ca/about-arthritis/what-is-arthritis/arthritis-facts-and-figures
8 Athritis Alliance of Canada. The impact of arthritis in Canada: today and over the next 30 years.
https://www.arthritisalliance.ca/en/initiativesen/impact-of-arthritis
8 The Journal of Rheumatology. Results From the 2020 Canadian Rheumatology Association’s Workforce and Wellness Survey.
https://www.jrheum.org/content/jrheum/early/2022/02/09/jrheum.210990.full.pdf
9 Global RA Network. Patient Experiences of Rheumatoid Arthritis Models of Care: An International Survey.
https://globalranetwork.org/project/global-ra-network-survey/

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