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Your Move, Ontario 2021

Your Move Ontario

YOUR MOVE, ONTARIO: HOME

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.

As the Ontario government considers ideas for the 2021 budget, now is the time to connect with your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). We have made this very easy.

As a first step, our goal is to convince the Ontario Government to include a commitment in the 2021 Budget to examine all public coverage programs that fund intermittent catheters and related supplies.

33,000

people use intermittent catheters every day in Ontario

FIVE

average number of catheters needed per day

82%

state that challenges accessing the appropriate number of catheters impact their independence

✗ 

intermittent catheters are single-use medical devices in Canada

78%

support moving to a model where approved distributors bill the government directly for product shipped to users

57%

of people who use uncoated catheters experience 4+ urinary tract infections per year

86%

say catheters are a huge financial burden due to a lack of public coverage

4x

time difference to insert an uncoated catheter versus a coated catheter

90% 

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.

– DR. DEAN ELTERMAN
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