Nunavut Election 2017: On election day, vote for improved arthritis care.
The next general election in Nunavut is scheduled for October 30, 2017. How can we improve arthritis care?
Arthritis affects approximately 12,000 adults aged 15 or older in the Territories (Northwest Territory, Nunavut and Yukon). On behalf of Nunavut voters living with arthritis, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) sent a questionnaire to the candidates of the 2017 Nunavut Election.
Please note that unlike most federal or provincial elections in Canada, elections to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut are conducted on a non-partisan consensus government model, in which all candidates run as independents rather than being nominated by political parties.
Do you have a burning question you would like to ask?
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asks Manitoba’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.
Arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 180,000 Manitoba residents aged 15 years and above. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and work disability in Manitoba. About a quarter of the population with arthritis between 20 and 54 years of age in Manitoba were not in the labour force because of their arthritis, costing Manitoba’s economy more than $600 million in productivity losses. Continue reading →
Arthritis in Saskatchewan – Surveying Saskatchewan electoral candidates
Do you have a burning question you would like to ask?
Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) asks Saskatchewan’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.
Arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 150,000 Saskatchewan residents aged 15 years and above. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability and work disability in Saskatchewan. About a quarter of the population with arthritis between 20 and 54 years of age in Saskatchewan were not in the labour force because of their arthritis, costing Saskatchewan’s economy more than $640 million in productivity losses.
ACE “Vote for Arthritis” Survey Results: Where the parties stand on arthritis health issues
One of the longest federal election campaigns in Canadian history is heading for the home stretch in a tight contest between the three major parties. To help you understand where the Conservative Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Liberal Party of Canada stand on important issues for Canadians living with arthritis, ACE asked the major parties to complete a survey. The Conservative Party is the only party that did not respond.
Here is a summary of responses to ACE’s survey from the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. You can review the ACE survey results in full here.
Does your party think standardized models of arthritis care is necessary? If so, what should the key components of this model be? Continue reading →
Oliver Sachgau, a young university graduate living with juvenile arthritis, shared his medication treatment journey with the Globe and Mail this week. He was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis at the young age of 14. Throughout his high school and university years, he kept his arthritis symptom-free by taking the biologics Enbrel, which costs $1,800 a month and was thankfully covered under his family’s insurance plan. When he graduated from university, he was no longer covered under his family’s health plan.
In the article, he said: “I’m not a unique case. Enbrel is part of a class of medication called biologics. For those who take them, biologics can perform miracles. But their high cost, which is rarely mitigated by medical coverage, has created a unique situation for thousands of Canadians who want, but can’t have, their life-changing medication.” The medication cost Canada’s public health plans more than half a billion dollars in 2013, for about 30,000 beneficiaries. Continue reading →
ACE asks Alberta’s political leaders to share their plan on how to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.
According to the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute, arthritis has devastating and debilitating effects on the lives of more than 500,000 Albertans. It is also the leading cause of work disability in Alberta, with nearly three out of every five people with arthritis of working age, costing Alberta’s economy $3.3 billion in direct and indirect costs.
Arthritis Consumer Experts sent an open letter and survey to all candidates in the upcoming May 5th Alberta provincial election, asking them how their Party plans to improve arthritis prevention, treatment and care.
Candidate responses can be viewed on our website. Click on Alberta Election 2015 where you will find responses categorized by party and arranged according to the date we receive them. Continue reading →
Arthritis in Ontario – A letter to Ontario electoral candidates
Arthritis Consumer Experts reached out to the Ontario electoral candidates in May. Find out what they had to say.
Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Ontario. What many people don’t realize is that nearly three out of every five people with arthritis are of working age. Arthritis is one word describing more than 100 types of disease. To effectively treat and manage the most disabling and life-threatening types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – the next elected Ontario government must increase its level of awareness and improve its standard of care.
As the Ontario provincial election campaign intensified in its final week, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) sent an open letter and a survey to all of the candidates. Read more about our campaign here. Continue reading →
Molly, Arthritis Consumer Experts’ (ACE) own Australian labradoodle, expressed her joy in visiting a BC election polling station by showcasing an “I Voted” sticker.
The results are in and BC Liberals secure a majority government. Below is the response from the BC Liberal Party to ACE’s questionnaire. We could all take action to ensure arthritis remains a priority for our government. Visit JointHealth™: Taking Action for samples and tips. Continue reading →