Your Move, Ontario 2021: Policy report

Your Move Ontario

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Policy Report

Over the last year, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) has worked with over 100 people with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and a group of committed stakeholders to understand current challenges and gather feedback about how the Ontario government could modernize public coverage for intermittent catheters and other related supplies.

The SCIO Policy Report: A Path to Modernize Public Coverage in Ontario for Intermittent Catheters and Related Supplies is the output from these broad stakeholder consultations.

The purpose of the Policy Report is not only to inform and provide expertise to policymakers on the importance of bladder supplies and the consequences when the appropriate supplies are not prescribed or affordable. The report also provides 9 recommendations for how to improve procurement, get better value and provide people with what they need; simply and efficiently.

We have nine recommendations on a path to modernize public coverage in Ontario.

These steps can modernize the funding programs for individuals needing to use intermittent catheters and related supplies. They will improve procurement and provide people with what they need; simply and efficiently.

Reducing red tape and finding system efficiencies

1. Conduct an examination of the overlapping government programs across the different departments to assess hidden costs and opportunities to reduce red tape.

2. Prioritize the implementation of a new modern funding program for intermittent catheters that delivers system and financial efficiencies for better patient care.

3. Leverage best practices from other jurisdictions, e.g., Saskatchewan style program via approved distributors.

Optimizing procurement to achieve greater value

4. Procure for a comprehensive medical supply coverage program that both allows for consistency of product choice through the continuity of care and prevents patients from the need to reuse single-use catheters.

5. Support the Health Canada, nursing and physician position that reusing single-use intermittent catheters is not permitted.

Providing patient-centred care

6. Ensure access to specialty nurses with knowledge, skills and judgment in bladder health and continence.

7. Improve the hospital to community transition of Indigenous Ontarians who have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI) or other health conditions that cause bladder dysfunction.

8. Increase access to specialist nurses to improve assessment and timely access to products and supplies by filling out and submitting forms correctly.

9. Determine how to better support Ontarians who work seasonally and who may have limited access to current funding information.

Supporting Research

This project is vital as it provides compelling evidence with the “voice of users” as to why the Ontario government needs to modernize funding for intermittent catheters and prevent individuals for financial reasons having to reuse their catheters.

– Government relations consultant Nancy Abbey
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