Alberta Breathes is a coalition of agencies and over 500 individuals working to improve lung health and decrease the burden of respiratory disease in Alberta.

Utilizing their existing resources such as CRE’s, the aim is partially to get funding for these skilled individuals and to improve the access to pulmonary rehab programs.

B.C. is in the same situation with the hospitals cutting back as opposed to providing funding for these programs. The health authorities have little vision and and cannot look at the “big” picture to the management of these patients.

Pharmaceutical companies are actively involved now with surprising little bias to help fill the needs. Obviously it would be optimal if the BC government and health authorities to step up to the management of COPD and Asthma, but very, very, little has been done.








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