Taking a Stand: Canadian Diabetes Association Position Statements
Section A: Diabetes Medication, Supplies And Medical Devices
Easing The Burdens Of Access And Cost
People with diabetes experience heavy medical and financial burdens. To ease these burdens, to ensure an optimal quality of life, and to possibly prevent or delay costly and devastating complications, people with diabetes deserve equal and affordable access to the best possible medication, supplies and medical devices, regardless of where they live in Canada.
- Access To Diabetes Medication, Supplies And Medical Devices
- Cost of Diabetes Medication, Supplies And Medical Devices
- Discontinuation Of Diabetes Medication And Products
- Drug Review Process
- Government Efforts To Control Drug Costs
- Means Testing
Section B: Diabetes Education And Health Services
Ensuring Access To The Best Possible Care
Managing diabetes is a time-consuming process. People with diabetes must make decisions about the management of their disease on a daily basis. To make informed choices about their health, they need accurate and up-to-date health information and education.
- Access To Health Services
- Health Professionals
- Food Security
- Institutional Care
- Diabetes and Mental Health (new)
Section C: Diabetes And Discrimination
Respecting Individual Rights And Privileges
While diabetes has the potential to be disabling, it affects people in very different ways, and can usually be well managed with diet, exercise, and/or medication. People with diabetes have the right to be assessed on an individual basis to determine their fitness for work, insurance, driving, and participation in school, sports, or other activities.
- Driving And Licensing
- Children In School
- Diabetes Self-care in Public Places
Section D: Diabetes And Canadian Public Policy
Encouraging Government Accountability
The Government of Canada should focus on building a society that will ensure an optimum quality of life for all Canadians, including those living with a chronic disease such as diabetes.