March 21, 2018

Diabetes Canada welcomes the Government of Ontario’s move to eliminate deductibles and copays previously required for senior citizens to access the 4,400 drugs available through the province’s public drug program.

“Our organization has been advocating for the provincial government to improve people’s access to medications by reducing deductibles and copays, and the OHIP+ expansion for seniors is a good step in the right direction,” said Dr. Jan Hux, President of Diabetes Canada.

Seniors make up over half of the people diagnosed with diabetes in Ontario, and close to 40 per cent of new diagnosed cases of diabetes in 2018 will occur in the senior population.

“However, there are many uninsured adults aged 25 to 64 years old who can’t afford private insurance, which is why we’re encouraging the Government to ensure this population also has access to the prescription medications they need,” added Dr. Hux.

An estimated 1 in 3 Canadians has diabetes or prediabetes. For many people with diabetes, adherence to treatment is affected by cost. The majority of Canadians with diabetes pay more than 3% of their income or over $1,500 per year for prescribed medications, devices and supplies out of their own pocket.

About Diabetes Canada

Diabetes Canada is the registered national charitable organization that is making the invisible epidemic of diabetes visible and urgent. Diabetes Canada partners with Canadians to End Diabetes through:

  • Educational programs and support services;
  • Resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • Advocacy to governments, schools and workplaces; and
  • Funding world-leading Canadian research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

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For more information or to book an interview:

Kathleen Powderley
Media Relations
416-803-5597
kathleen.powderley@diabetes.ca

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