It’s Your Move, Ontario
The spinal cord injury (SCI) community inspired the #peeforfree campaign in 2018. When asked what public policy priorities are critical, access to medical supplies came to the forefront. Three years + 83 letters + 93 government meetings later, #peeforfree remains the perfect embodiment as we continue to address this important issue.
Now is the time to connect with your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). We have made this very easy.
As a first step, we are asking the Ontario Government to examine the public coverage programs that fund catheters and related supplies to find out what we know will be both system and cost efficiencies.
people use intermittent catheters every day in Ontario
average number of catheters needed per day
state that challenges accessing the appropriate number of catheters impact their independence
intermittent catheters are single-use medical devices in Canada
support moving to a model where approved distributors bill the government directly for product shipped to users
of people who use uncoated catheters experience 4+ urinary tract infections per year
say catheters are a huge financial burden due to a lack of public coverage
time difference to insert an uncoated catheter versus a coated catheter
agree that all users of catheters must have access to a specialty nurse for teaching and clinical support
Up to $2,500
monthly out of pocket cost in bladder management supplies
You have the power to help change Ontario’s public coverage of medical supplies.
I believe comprehensive catheter coverage for Ontarians is an issue of equity and respect. Based upon best evidence, we should not expect patients to reuse single-use medical products, like intermittent catheters…Our catheter coverage lags behind the rest of the industrialized world, and our patients deserve better.