Canadians deserve answers to the tough healthcare questions

Editor: The Standard

As a person living with diabetes, I am greatly concerned that in this federal election our politicians are not actually talking about the real issues affecting the health of Canadians like me.

Diabetes is a national health crisis, and Canada is at a tipping point.

The Canadian Diabetes Association reports that there are more than nine million Canadians living with diabetes or prediabetes, costing Canada almost $12 billion a year.

More than 6,000 Canadians are dying each and every month due to diabetes or a diabetes-related complication.

Many people living with diabetes can’t afford their medications and don’t have access to the health-care services and tools they need to manage their disease.

Canadians deserve answers to the tough questions like:

What is the government going to do to make essential medication and supplies affordable?

How are they going to ensure equitable access to healthcare services ?

And what are they going to do to support scientific research to help find the medical cures or innovations we need?

These are the real issues, affecting real people.  I would hope that our politicians would give us real answers

Donald Boxall, member, Hope Branch, Canadian Diabetes Association

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