Ontario Must Create Panel to Review the Current Practice of Age Discrimination Against Stroke Patients

March 6, 2015

Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier
Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Health and Long Term Care

The Ontario Liberal government has recently confirmed that you have the knowledge on how to establish a Panel ( Green Belt Panel) to investigate issues which matter to Ontarians.

On behalf of Ontario’s Post Stroke Patients, I again respectfully request the Ontario government to immediately establish a new Panel to investigate the current practice of denying publically funded long term treatment to Ontario’s Post Stroke Patients between the ages of 20 and 64.

This blatant act of age discrimination in Ontario must be stopped. The OHIP Act of Ontario must be amended to help us. Ontarians should not be forced to sell their houses to purchase private and expensive stroke treatment programs. This is just wrong for Ontario.

We urge your government to utilize your majority status in the Ontario Legislature to amend the OHIP Act.
Parents between the ages of 20 and 64 deserve the best of treatment to return home to their families. Because of a lack of extended treatment, many Ontario stroke patients are left with serious disabilities.
Unfortunately I am not available to take a seat on this new Panel given my schedule of private treatment. There are numerous Post-stroke Patients who could take a seat on the new Panel. Please keep me informed of your progress on this important issue to Ontarians.

Respectfully submitted

Please sign our petition at https://www.change.org/p/ontario-liberal-government-amend-the-ohip-act-for-the-post-stroke-patients-of-ontario?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created
Jim McEwen jdmcewen@rogers.com
Vice-President
Durham Region Stroke Recovery Group,
Ontario’s representative of Post-Stroke Patients between 20 and 64 cc: Accessibility News, Ontario