Take-home cancer medications – taken either by pill or self-injection – are now a fundamental part of modern cancer treatment and are improving patients’ outcomes in nearly every type of cancer.
Yet in Ontario, people younger than 65 years who are facing a cancer diagnosis (or progression) must navigate a maze of financial and administrative challenges to access innovative and effective take-home cancer treatments that are easily and affordably available to patients in other provinces and territories. This is because the treatment they need are taken at home rather than in the hospital.
How is this fair?
Imagine living in Ontario and while fighting for your life you encounter this stressful process just to get cancer treatments your doctor has prescribed:
- Step 1: Exhaust all private pay options – including maxing out your private drug insurance if you have it.
- Step 2: Apply to the Ontario Trillium Drug Program – encountering risky delays that take an average of one month for approval.
- Step 3: Pay the government an average $4,000/year deductible while working on a reduced income during cancer treatment.
To put it simply: Canadians living in our Western Provinces, Northern Territories and Quebec have better, faster and more affordable access to advances in cancer treatments than patients in Ontario. Regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or cancer type – when patients in these regions receive their diagnosis, they will be prescribed the approved treatment they need and get it when they need it.
Ontario’s cancer funding is a decade behind the majority of Canada. This is unacceptable. Sign the petition today.
For approximately $50 million/year, Ontario can close the gap and provide significant financial and emotional relief to patients and their families. That is just 1/10th of 1% of the estimated $63 billion that Ontario spent on healthcare in 2020.
During the pandemic, we’ve been told to stay at home as much as possible to prevent infection spread. Yet cancer patients who are immunocompromised and at higher risk of complications are punished with personal financial and emotional burden if the cancer treatment they need is in pill form and taken at home.
Ontario’s General Election is on June 2nd, 2022.
It’s time for all political parties to commit to equal access to take-home cancer drugs in their platforms.
Please help by signing the petition today and sharing it with people who care about cancer patients in Ontario.
~ The CanCertainty Coalition
The CanCertainty Coalition is the united voice of more than 30 Canadian patient groups, cancer health charities, and caregiver organizations from across the country, joining together with oncologists and cancer care professionals to significantly improve the affordability and accessibility of cancer treatment. For more information and to view our list of members, visit www.CanCertainty.com.