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$741 Million Plan Will Make Ontario Diabetic Patients Partners In Care

22-7-2008

Ontario Launches Diabetes Strategy

$741 Million Plan Will Make Patients Partners In Care

TORONTO, 741 Million Plan Will Make Ontario Diabetic Patients Partners In Care   /CNW/ – Ontario is investing $741 million in new funding
on a comprehensive diabetes strategy over four years to prevent, manage and
treat diabetes. The strategy includes an online registry that will enable better
self-care by giving patients access to information and educational tools that
empower them to manage their disease. The registry will also give health care
providers the ability to easily check patient records, access diagnostic
information and send patient alerts. The registry is set to come online
starting Spring 2009.

Other key elements of the strategy include:

– Improving access to insulin pumps and supplies for more than 1300
adults with type 1 diabetes by funding these services for people over
the age of 18.
– Expanding chronic kidney disease services, including greater access to
dialysis services.
– Implementing a strategy to expand access to bariatric surgery.
– Educational campaigns to prevent diabetes by raising awareness of
diabetes risk factors in high risk populations, such as the Aboriginal
and South Asian communities.
– Increasing access to team-based care closer to home by mapping the
prevalence of diabetes across the province and the location of current
diabetes programs in order to align services and address service gaps.

Ontario’s diabetes strategy will help tackle a growing – and expensive –
health care challenge. The number of Ontarians with diabetes has increased by
69 per cent over the last 10 years – and is projected to grow from 900,000 to
1.2 million by 2010. Treatment for diabetes and related conditions such as
heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease currently cost Ontario over
$5 billion each year.
The strategy will support Ontario’s two top health-care priorities of
improving access to care and reducing emergency wait times.

QUOTES

“Our plan will help Ontarians living with diabetes get better access to
the care they need, when and where they need it,” said David Caplan, Minister
of Health and Long-Term Care. “By improving the way we prevent, treat and
manage diabetes, thousands of Ontarians will benefit from a better quality of
life. The diabetes registry will change the way this disease is managed,
ultimately saving more lives and easing hospital wait times.”
“We will provide better access to information, programs and services to
prevent people from getting diabetes in the first place,” said Margarett Best,
Minister of Health Promotion. “There is solid evidence that tells us that many
cases of diabetes can be prevented by increasing daily physical activity and
making healthy food choices.”
“The ‘s
continued commitment to investing in a diabetes strategy for Ontarians,” said
Cynthia Lees, Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Diabetes
Association. “This new strategy will provide an estimated 900,000 Ontarians
with diabetes the tools they require to effectively manage their disease.”
“Doctors are working with their patients to help prevent the
complications from chronic conditions such as diabetes,” said Dr. Ken Arnold,
President, Ontario Medical Association. “It is essential that patients who are
living with diabetes are able to access the necessary treatment and resources
to ensure they are able to manage their disease and stay healthy.”
“The diabetes strategy takes the most up-to-date research and best
practices from around the world and matches them with the needs of diabetes
patients in Ontario,” said Dr. Catherine Zahn, chair of the Diabetes Expert
Panel. “This will mean better care for diabetes patients across the province.”
“Dietitians of Canada is pleased that the Ontario government is investing
in a diabetes strategy,” said Helen Haresign, Vice President Development,
Dietitians of Canada. “Healthy eating is a key factor for prevention and
management of diabetes and improved access to registered dietitians gives
Ontarians better support to manage their own care.”

QUICK FACTS

– Diabetes puts people at risk for other serious health complications
such as heart disease and stroke, kidney and eye disease and limb
amputations.

– A diabetes patient costs Ontario’s health care system over $3,000 in
the first year of treatment. If the patient has complications this
cost goes up to over $5,000.

– For each patient that requires in-hospital dialysis, the cost to the
Ontario health care system over the course of a year is more than
$56,000.

LEARN MORE

Learn more about Ontario’s new diabetes strategy.
Read more about existing diabetes programs in Ontario.
Read more on health promotion and chronic disease prevention at
HealthyOntario.com (http://www.healthyontario.com/).
Get access to reliable advice and information on healthy eating,
nutrition and chronic disease prevention through EatRight Ontario
(http://eatrightontario.ca/Doorway.aspx).
Learn more about Ontario’s e-Health strategy.
Visit the Canadian Diabetes Association
(http://www.diabetes.ca/Section_Main/index.asp).

Too Bad they are putting monies where it may not have to go!!
I trust this may help some diabetics, but eventually the cure should be
everyone’s idea of preventing High Cost to medical expenses!
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  1. ramesh permalink
    30-7-2008 15:33

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