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Ontario Diabetes Action Partnership (ODAP) Seeks More Funding for Diabetic Treatments from Finance Minister Sorbara
TORONTO, ONTARIO – February 8, 2005 – The Ontario Diabetes Action Partnership today asked Finance Minister Greg Sorbara to extend OHIP funding to include people with diabetes who rely on insulin pumps and supplies in the treatment of their diabetes.
"Yesterday at his pre-budget hearings, the Ontario Diabetes Action Partnership (ODAP) asked Finance Minister Sorbara to include funding for insulin pumps in his next budget", said Terry Anne Thomson coordinator of ODAP.
"Funding insulin pumps will make a huge difference in the lives of people with diabetes in Ontario," said Craig Collins, of the Hamilton Insulin Pump Support Group which is a member of ODAP. "This will save important health care dollars for the government in the long run".
"What is worrisome is that ineffectively controlled diabetes ends up being costly to both individuals and the health care system", said Toronto General Hospital endocrinologist and ODAP member, Dr. Bruce Perkins. "Although a relatively small proportion of people with diabetes require the insulin pump in Ontario, those who stand to benefit from this type of treatment are frequently unable to find financial assistance."
ODAP members have appeared at the Minister of Finance's pre-budget consultations in Peterborough, Ottawa, Stoney Creek, Kitchener, and Toronto to make their case for increased funding in the upcoming provincial budget. They will also be at the hearings in Markham and Thunder Bay within the next week.
"ODAP is building on the work of Liberal MPP Mike Gravelle whose Private Members Bill 55 supports the need for diabetic therapies," said Ms. Thomson. "We look forward to the seeing the government take action on the intent of Bill 55."
An estimated 6 percent of Ontario's population has diabetes. According to Statistics Canada, the total number of adults with diabetes in Ontario as of 2001 was approximately 415,000. There are an estimated 6500 children in Ontario with Type 1 diabetes. An insulin pump costs approximately $6,000 per patient and related supplies are $3,600 annually. Per patient costs for kidney dialysis are $65,000 and a limb amputation $74,000.
Ontario Diabetes Action Partnership (ODAP) is a coalition of people with diabetes, physicians, diabetes nurse educators, hospitals, and non-profit organizations that believes in advocating for the maximal quality of life for Ontarians affected by diabetes. The partners share a common goal of advocating for people with diabetes in their efforts for accessing technologies like the insulin pump.
For further information please contact: Terry Anne Thomson at 905-467-4920 or email@example.com.
Last Updated: Wednesday February 23, 2005 08:39:00
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