Question 1: The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), which provides free mammography breast screening for women 50 to 74, has been the cornerstone of early diagnosis of breast cancer in Ontario. If elected to government, will you commit to continue funding free breast screening through OBSP?
Our health politics is a true accessibility for better health care for all, a change that puts people first. In response to your question, yes, the OBSP is part of regular checkups that prevent the occurrence of major health problems. As health professional, I have a strong interest in preventive medicine and the development of family health teams to improve health in our community. This project is very dear to my heart because health and environment are the two issues that have followed me throughout my professional career. I’m author of many scientific papers, as well as a book on cancer eradication in French. Here is the link about the book: http://multim.com/titre/?ID=373
Question 2: A key element of ensuring timely treatment for a cancer patient is ensuring they have access to the medications they need at the time they need them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case in Ontario. If elected to government, will you commit to ensuring that all cancer patients in Ontario receive timely access to new medications at the time they need it?
Unlike the Wynne’s Liberals, we know that the status quo cannot continue to serve the citizens of the province. A system that leaves patients struggle between disconnected providers leads to poor health outcomes and is a waste of public money. Therefore, the NDP propose a change that will make health care affordable and reliable. We will implement changes that provide services and health care when we need now and in the future.
Question 3: The HPV vaccine can help prevent future cases of cervical, anal and oral cancers. It is most effective when given at a young age when immune systems are most receptive to the vaccine. However, the HPV vaccine is only available free through school-based clinics to girls. If elected to government, will you implement free school-based HPV vaccine clinics for boys?
Our health politics is a true accessibility for better health care for all. The HPV vaccine is also part of regular checkups that prevent the occurrence of major health problems. As the NDP has a good management of health care costs by focusing on active prevention, primary care and make a cap on the maximum salary of CEOs, we should be able to provide services and health care when we need now and in the future.
Question 4: Is your party in favour of implementing free PSA testing for prostate cancer in Ontario as a population-wide screening tool? If not, please explain how your party would ensure that Ontario men will have access to early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Once again, the PSA testing for prostate cancer is part of regular checkups that prevent the occurrence of major health problems. Our health politics is a true accessibility for better health care for all. This will keep people healthy and in the long term, allow our health system make savings that will can be used for other needs.