FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2016
MPP Coe Introduces Legislation to End Age Discrimination Against Stroke Patients
QUEEN’S PARK Today, Whitby-Oshawa MPP Lorne Coe introduced legislation which will ensure that all patients, regardless of age, who are recovering from a stroke have access to the care and physiotherapy they need and deserve.
Citing the gaps that exist in current regulations, MPP Coe noted that the vast majority of those between the ages of 20 and 64 are left to their own financial means to address necessary treatment beyond the initial, acute-care phase.
‘Right now, there are serious gaps in the system which are causing individuals to fall through the cracks. Expanding post-stroke recovery services will help lessen the burden on our health care system, as well as assist post-stroke patients to recover quickly so that they can return to the workforce sooner.’
Yet, despite all-party support for an April 2015 motion brought forward by former MPP Christine Elliott, the Government has done nothing to address this issue.
MPP Coe added that ‘Ontario can play a decisive role in ending age discrimination in the treatment of post-stroke recovery. The Wynne Government has failed to attend to the needs of Ontario’s stroke patients. As the clock runs out on this tired Government, will they at least get one thing right and vote to support stroke patients in need’?