Vote Diabetes: British Columbia
There are currently more than 1.4 million British Columbians living with diabetes (type 1 and type 2) or prediabetes. Of those living with prediabetes, 50 per cent will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease often diagnosed in childhood, is found in five to 10 per cent of Canadians with diabetes.
Diabetes is estimated to currently cost the British Columbia health-care system $418 million and is estimated to increase to $595 million by 2027. To ensure the sustainability of the health-care system, Diabetes Canada urges all parties running for public office in British Columbia to make diabetes a health priority during the upcoming provincial election.
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Diabetes Canada calls for an expansion to the provincial insulin pump program for all British Columbians with type 1 diabetes
High out-of-pocket costs and limited government coverage compromise the ability of British Columbians to manage their diabetes; some must choose between paying for food and rent or buying life-saving medications and supplies. Diabetes Canada is calling on the Government of British Columbia to:
Expand the insulin pump program for British Columbians with type 1 diabetes who are medically eligible, regardless of age.
Enhance access to diabetes medications, so British Columbians with diabetes can improve their quality of life and decrease the likelihood of future interventions, which are often more costly and less effective.
Download a copy of these diabetes priorities that can be presented to your candidates during the election.
What can you do?
Send a letter now to your candidates through an online campaign updated for the provincial election: pumpsforbc.ca
One effective way of informing political candidates about an issue that is important to you is through an email or letter. Good candidates keep track of all the questions and comments they receive. When enough questions and comments are received about the same issue, they recognize it to be an important one for commenting on, leading to public statements and campaign promises.
Already sent a letter? Writing more than once can ensure your concerns get to the right people. It only takes a few minutes but can make a big difference.
Send your letter to the candidates in your riding now!
Ask candidates to #VoteDiabetes on social media
Learn more about the impact and cost of diabetes in British Columbia and share some stats with your local candidates.
In order to keep discussions searchable on Twitter, please use the hashtag #VoteDiabetes whenever you tweet about the election or in your conversations with your candidate or others. Also, if you’re attending a candidate event such as a town hall meeting or public meet up, don't forget to tweet or post on Facebook about it when you’re there! Finally, don’t forget to retweet Diabetes Canada's tweets and share our Facebook messages about the election.
Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/DiabetesCanada and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DiabetesCanada/ and our British Columbia page: https://www.facebook.com/DiabetesCanadaBC/
Here are some sample posts to help you make diabetes a priority in this British Columbia election:
Sample Facebook posts
Please share: An election is coming in BC. Do you know the diabetes-related issues affecting British Columbians? Keep yourself in the loop by visiting Vote Diabetes: diabetes.ca/votediabetes
Did you know 1.4 million people in BC currently live with diabetes or prediabetes? By 2027, that number is estimated to rise to almost 1.9 million. Share this post and click below to help change diabetes history in BC! diabetes.ca/votediabetes
Chances are you or someone you love is affected by diabetes. This election, tell your candidates that supporting BC’rs living with diabetes matters to you! Make change happen. Vote for diabetes on May 9th: diabetes.ca/votediabetes
Pls RT: 29% of BC live with diabetes or prediabetes. We need pumps for t1 adults and diabetes medications @bcliberals @bcndp @BCGreens #VoteDiabetes
This election, I’m planning to #votediabetes. Please RT and help me tell @bcliberals @bcndp @BCGreens to help End Diabetes! #VoteDiabetes #bcvotes
Nearly 1 in 3 people have either diabetes or prediabetes in BC right now. It’s time to End Diabetes. #VoteDiabetes #bcvotes #bcpoli
Talk to your candidates in person
You can help raise awareness of diabetes-related issues for the upcoming election by engaging with your local candidates (a list of candidates can be found on Elections BC).
You can find opportunities to engage with candidates at local meet-and-greets, candidate debates, radio interviews and more, by watching for online updates on candidate websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. You can also try calling or emailing campaign offices to determine when candidates will be canvassing your neighbourhood to ensure you will be home when they arrive at your door.
Vote Diabetes on May 9!
When you cast your ballot, you will be impacting the future of diabetes in British Columbia Canada and holding the government accountable for their campaign promises. Visit Elections BC more information.
Political contacts (in alphabetical order)
BC Conservative Party
327 – 1434 Ironwood Street
Campbell River, BC, V9W 5T5
BC Green Party
BC Green Party
PO Box 8088 STN Central
Victoria BC V8W 3R7
209-3375 Whittier Ave
Victoria BC V8Z 3P9
PO Box 28131 West Pender St PO,
Vancouver, BC V6C3T7
Website / Facebook / Twitter
301-4180 Lougheed Hwy
Burnaby, BC, V5C 6A7
Website / Facebook / Twitter