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Diabetes technology is changing

Diabetes technology is changing

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Our health care needs often change as we age, but our right to exceptional health care does not.  Unfortunately, inequalities exist for seniors, the disabled, and for people receiving social assistance who rely completely on provincial healthcare plans.

It is estimated that 3 million Canadians are living with diabetes.*  CARP shares the vision of Diabetes Canada, that Canada should be a place where people with diabetes live to their full potential.  This includes equal access to high-quality diabetes care and supports – including at-home technologies that help people to better understand their glucose levels, facilitate simple and effective diabetes care management ...

Our health care needs often change as we age, but our right to exceptional health care does not.  Unfortunately, inequalities exist for seniors, the disabled, and for people receiving social assistance who rely completely on provincial healthcare plans.

It is estimated that 3 million Canadians are living with diabetes.*  CARP shares the vision of Diabetes Canada, that Canada should be a place where people with diabetes live to their full potential.  This includes equal access to high-quality diabetes care and supports – including at-home technologies that help people to better understand their glucose levels, facilitate simple and effective diabetes care management. 

In 2018, Diabetes Canada added a new category of glucose monitors to their guidelines called “flash glucose monitoring”. This innovative technology measures, captures and stores glucose-level data in real-time with a toonie-sized sensor worn on the upper arm.  The device can also reduce the frequency of finger-prick testing,

Diabetes is predominately a self-managed disease, with more than 95 percent of care done by the patient.  The ability to self-manage your own care is one of the most important factors to not only prevent long-term complications but to also reduce Canada's healthcare costs. 

Tell your locally-elected Provincial Representative, your Health Minister, and your Premier, that older Canadians deserve modern advances in diabetes glucose monitoring technology -- including flash glucose monitoring systems -- to be included in provincial formularies.

*Source:  Diabetes Canada

 

 

 

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Ontario, tell decision makers that Canadians deserve access to modern diabetes technology

To take action in Quebec, click here. 

We've drafted a sample letter for you below - but feel free to write your own. 

Your email will be sent to:

  • Premier Doug Ford
  • Hon. Christine Elliott, Health Minister for Ontario
  • Your local MPP as determined by your Postal Code
  • You, for your own records

Remember, the best letters include your personal experience and are anchored by a specific ask.     

Compose your email

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Care to change the email?  Here's some tips.

  • An original letter can be more effective than a form letter, so feel free to personalize your letter and include your own relevant experiences.
  • State purpose/objective at the beginning and briefly introduce concerns.
  • Try to use 2-3 specific points about your issue to explain your position.
  • Describe your interest in the issue and any relevant credentials.
  • Include questions that provoke response.
  • Ask for more information or clarification on your MP’s position.
  • Request a commitment to a specific action, and give a rationale for your request.
  • Thank the MP for any positive action they have taken in the past on this issue.
  • Request that the MP respond to your letter.

Remember:

  • A well-written letter is more credible and will get more attention.
  • Proofread your letter to get rid of any typos.
  • Keep your letter as short and concise as possible, while making sure to include all the pertinent details.
  • Personalize your letter where possible. MPs take much more note when you relate an issue to how it affects their own constituency.
  • Concise is most effective.  If you have more information, you may wish to write a letter to your MP.  Remember, it's free to do so!