Apr 02, 2015 – 06:18 PM
Toronto – Christine Elliott, MPP for Whitby-Oshawa and Progressive Conservative Health and Long-term Care Critic, today stood in the Provincial Legislature to table the private member’s motion which would compel the Government of Ontario to take immediate action to find in-year savings to expand post-stroke recovery services to those between the ages of 20 and 64. Unless covered by private insurance, these post-stroke patients cannot receive the essential rehabilitation services needed for recovery.
“This is more than an issue of fairness for victims of strokes in Ontario,” said Elliott. “Expanding post-stroke recovery services will help lessen the burden on our health care system, which is under increasing pressure. Expanding these services will also help all post-stroke patients recover faster so that they can return to the workforce sooner.”
Ontario’s health care system is facing critical challenges that are putting quality of care at risk. Over the coming years, as the province’s population ages, these challenges and risks to accessibility will only become more acute.
“It’s imperative that Ontario take immediate action to ensure the long-term sustainability of our health care system,” said Elliott. “This motion is a common sense solution to a growing problem that will help contain costs. I urge all members to support it.”
Elliott’s motion has received enthusiastic endorsements from leading Canadian and local health-care organizations, including the Heart & Stroke Foundation and the Durham Region Stroke Recovery Group.
“Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Ontario, and a leading cause of disability. We know that participation in a post stroke rehabilitation program or support group improves recovery, outcomes and the burden of disability caused by stroke,” says Patrice Lindsay, Director, Best Practices and Performance for Stroke at the Heart and Stroke Foundation. “For this reason, we are pleased to be here today with Ms. Elliott for the introduction of this motion to extend post-stroke recovery services to Ontarians in need.”
Following the introduction of the motion, Jim McEwen, Vice-President of the Durham Region Stroke Recovery Group, joined Elliott and called the motion a “long overdue recognition that post-stroke patients exist at all ages and deserve equal treatment.” McEwen thanked Elliott for her clear commitment to the victims of strokes who, unless covered by private insurance, face too many barriers to the essential care needed to recover.