Below you will find links to David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal with the Ontario Government.
Most must pay out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Not all of them can afford to.
Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, says Ontario could be “doing so much more” for mental health.
Theresa Schrader, seen here in this 2012 photo, says she stopped taking her mental health medication when she lost her job, and her employer-provided drug coverage. By Peter GoffinStaff Reporter
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016
When her medication got too expensive, Theresa Schrader just stopped taking it.
Schrader has anxiety, Type II bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She’s also struggled with addiction and takes medicine for diabetes and blood pressure.
Coping with mental illness is one thing. Navigating the health-care system is another.
Keith Bundock suffers from chronic depression and sought help after a suicide attempt left him in the hospital. By Lauren PelleyStaff Reporter
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016
Keith Bundock isnt sure when his life started falling apart.
He mightve been 35, or maybe 40. During that time, his marriage was breaking down and his church was closing up. His support network was suddenly gone, and he was having odd, unsettling feelings of fogginess and confusion.
Even stranger, though, was that Bundock often didnt feel much at all.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2016
Today, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 9, which improves access to physiotherapy for post stroke recovery patients regardless of age in Ontario.
Bill 9 calls on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to oversee and promote an evidence-based approach to the provision of physiotherapy services for post-stroke recovery patients of all ages. The legislation also places the control of stroke treatment into the hands of physicians, where it belongs.
MPP Lorne Coe noted that This is an important day for those recovering stroke victims in Ontario who are falling through the cracks. We want you to know that your voices have been heard.’
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A new report finds that there is significant gaps to access Ontarios public health care system for certain groups By Laura BeestonStaff Reporter.
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016
Dr. Joshua Tepper, one of the lead authors of The Health Quality Ontario report, in his downtown office. The report found Ontario’s health public health system has “significant gaps” in care, and the inequalities are based on income, geography and education.
Mary and Brian Lewis on the front porch of their Hamilton, Ont. home on Oct. 12, 2016. The couple must pay over $600 monthly out of pocket for Brian’s prescriptions he needs following a stroke.
by Roshni Murthy and Stella Acquisto
Posted Sep 16, 2016 2016 at 8:30 am EDT
Parents of children with autism protested for hours outside the office of the Minister of Children and Youth Services on Friday, saying they were misled by the Ontario government.
They wanted an apology after learning the province did not take the advice of an expert panel when it came to treating children with autism.
In April, the Liberal government faced heavy criticism for its decision to only provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children under five years old. Children over five would not qualify for the treatment.
In a letter last spring, expert advisers said autism program was premature and not in keeping with its recommendations
Parents like Jessica Perusco of Mississauga, whose daughter Lucia, right, turned five in July, are “still in a state of uncertainty.” Lucia started IBI in May but Perusco says because of her age, it’s unclear how long the therapy will continue. By Andrea GordonEducation Reporter
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016
The province stood firmly behind its controversial plan to stop funding intensive autism treatment for children five and older last spring even as its own expert advisory panel cautioned the move would be detrimental to vulnerable kids.
In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.
Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé’s hard-hitting report, called Nowhere to Turn and based on more than 1,400 complaints from families, includes 60 recommendations. Hamilton Spectator
By Andrea Gordon and Laurie Monsebraaten
Queen’s Park must fix its “deeply flawed” developmental services system to ensure Ontario’s most vulnerable people in crisis are no longer left to languish in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails, the province’s Ombudsman said Wednesday.
It was “the most emotional and heartbreaking in my time at Queen’s Park.” That’s how NDP MPP Catherine Fife described the debate on autism treatment that occurred on May 17.
The discussion was triggered by an opposition motion to restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism ages five and over.
Along with hundreds of other families from across the province, I watched the motion and debate unfold over two dramatic hours.