Editor: Prince Edward Island is the only province in Canada that does not cover diabetic insulin pumps in some form. Shameful.
Equality for every Canadian, shouldn’t that be expected? I say yes, so the government of Prince Edward Island needs to take a serious look at coverage of these amazing devices. Investing now in insulin pumps, especially for children, provides healthier bodies by maintaining a steadier rate of insulin and reduces the extreme highs and lows that can severely affect a body. A healthier younger body grows into a healthier adult body thus fewer trips to emergency and less stays in the hospital. A pay now or pay later scenario for the government.
This horrible disease and can affect many parts of the body, such as the kidney failure, limb amputation, blindness, heart attack, stroke, etc., all costly health care dollars to treat. A forward thinking government would take a pro-active approach to diabetes and provide preventative care to ward off these horrible results while saving taxpayers money in the long term.
I realize that diabetes does not stop when one turns 19 however coverage for children would be the big first step towards coverage for all on Prince Edward Island.
Please sign the on-line petition which you can find by searching Fund Insulin Pumps P.E.I., then email your Health and Wellness Minister, Doug Currie at email@example.com and your local MLA and voice your concerns. If the rest of Canada has seen the benefits of providing insulin pumps shouldn’t Islanders receive them as well?
Remember, it is not just at election time that everyone has a voice, please use yours.
mom, voter, taxpayer,
New Glasgow, N.S.