Petition ADP Ontario Ostomy Supply Reimbursement

In the heart of every community, there’s a pulse, a steady rhythm that is the collective heartbeat of its people – a community that celebrates triumphs and faces challenges head-on. Today, we unite our voices for a cause that touches the lives of thousands of individuals across Ontario. The Ostomy Canada Society is championing a petition that speaks to the core of human dignity and well-being – a call for the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) in Ontario to recognize the rising costs of ostomy supplies and to uphold its commitment to reimburse 75% of these expenses.

The current situation is more than a fiscal matter; it shines a light on a stark reality many residents face – a choice between their health and their finances.

The Unheard Struggle of Persons Living With An Ostomy

Medical supplies are not a luxury but a necessity for Ontarians living with an ostomy. These devices allow them to lead active, productive lives following surgery or other significant medical procedures. However, since 2016, ostomy patients in our province have shouldered an increasing financial burden due to stagnant support from the ADP, which has not adjusted for inflation’s impact on the cost of essential supplies.

The result? Real people are experiencing real strain as life-saving equipment slowly slips out of reach for many.

An Appeal for Compassion and Action

Join the Ostomy Canada Society in petitioning the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:

“Respect the Assistive Devices Program’s mandate to reimburse 75% of the average cost of ostomy supplies and immediately meet the funding commitments to Ontarians requiring ostomy supplies.”

The Health Critic for the official opposition has agreed to present the petition while in session. This way, the Government is required to respond within 24 working days.

Making this change isn’t just about adjusting a budget line; it’s about doing what’s right for our neighbours, friends, and families affected by this issue. It’s a testament to the values of Ontarians – values that ensure everyone has access to the care and resources they need.

Your Voice Matters – How You Can Help

You have the power to make a difference in your community and beyond. Here’s how you can join this vital cause:

  1. Sign the Petition: Every signature sends a clear message to our leaders that we stand with those in need of ostomy supplies. Be sure to share your impact statement in the comments!
    1. Visit change.org to sign the petition today!
  2. Spread the Word: Talk to your friends, family, and networks about the petition. Share it on social media, in community groups – anywhere your voice can reach.
  3. Educate and Advocate: Learn more about those in our community with an ostomy and their challenges. Use that knowledge to advocate for change in your circles and beyond.

Together, we have the opportunity to change lives. This is about more than petitioning for funding; it’s about upholding the spirit of compassion and equity that defines us. Stand with us as we call upon the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to honour its promises and support people with an ostomy.

Supporting this cause takes only a moment of your time but could result in a lifetime of change for so many.

Sign the petition now and be the change you wish to see in the world.

“A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.”

Greek Proverb

Today, we’re planting seeds for a future where no one is left behind due to medical expenses. Will you join us in nurturing this vision into reality?

Ian MacNeil, Advocacy and Government Relations, Ostomy Canada Society
ian.macneil@ostomycanada.ca

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2 Responses

  1. This is so urgent for families of those needing supplies. My friend tells me bags often break and then the bags and other supplies come in different quantities. So cost mounts unnecessarily because one is forced to buy a larger than needed supply of equipment, flanges that attach to the bag!

  2. Agree with Jan wholeheartedly ! Why do they sell flanges in packs of 5, and bags (which we use one-on one with the flanges) in packs of 10 ???!! I have quite an oversupply of bags, when the important part (to me) is the flange, which you actually have to attached to yourself.
    Such a differential is extra expense to many of us.

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Ostomy Canada is petitioning the Ontario Government to: "Respect the ADP mandate to cover 75% of the average cost of ostomy supplies and would like your help by adding your name. Once we have a sufficient # of signatures, the petition will be brought to the Ontario Legislature by The NDP Health Critic.