On election day, make your voice count.
The general election in Ontario is scheduled for June 7, 2018. What change would you like to see in models of arthritis care?
Arthritis is a chronic disease that has a devastating and debilitating effect on the lives of more than 6 million Canadians. In Ontario, 40% of people with arthritis require help with daily activities, compared to 13% of people with other chronic conditions.
More than 1.7 million people – or 1 in 8 Ontarians – are living with osteoarthritis (OA). Within a generation (30 years), it is anticipated that 1 in 4 or 4.28 million Ontarians will be living with OA and one person in Ontario will be diagnosed every 3 minutes.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can occur at any age. More than 105,000 people in Ontario were living with RA. The prevalence of RA is expected to rise by 82% by 2030. In 2040, 225,000 – or 1 in 77 people in Ontario – will be living with RA; one person in Ontario will be diagnosed with RA every 53 minutes.
Ontario’s next government needs to listen and consider the needs of these constituents. Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) sent a questionnaire to the party leaders and candidates of the 2018 Ontario Provincial Election.
The questionnaire asked the following questions:
- What will your government do to bring a high quality, standardized evidence-based model of arthritis care for all Ontario residents?
- What will your government do to introduce patient education and exercise programs, such as GLA:D, that have been proven to significantly reduce hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms?
- What will your government do to improve the uptake of biosimilars and increase accessibility to life saving medications and reduce out-of-pocket costs for Ontario residents living with inflammatory arthritis?
- What will your government do to improve the healthcare and lives of Aboriginals living with arthritis in Ontario?
- How will your government establish better prevention programs and facilitate flexible work arrangements to help reduce the direct and indirect costs of arthritis to Ontario employers and the Ontario economy?
- Will your government take steps to increase the number of rheumatologists and arthritis trained allied health professionals to ensure timely, specialized care for Ontario residents with arthritis?
ACE will be collecting Party and individual candidate’s responses. Responses will be posted on the ON Election 2018 section of ACE’s website as we receive them.
If you have comments, questions, or concerns about any of the answers provided, please take the time to contact the parties. Please click here to view the contact information for the registered political parties in Ontario.
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