An estimated 10,000 patients in rural areas will be negatively impacted by funding cuts.
The funding cuts will force a trickle-down effect, causing many small, main street businesses to close their doors and leave gaps in care. The impact will be felt particularly hard in rural communities that depend on local clinics, where equitable access to healthcare services is already a significant issue.
In these communities, the local businesses that provide CPAP devices are also usually the sole providers of home oxygen and other respiratory services. If businesses are forced to close, patients in rural areas may need to travel hours away to visit the next closest provider. Transportation is already a significant barrier in rural locations and these funding cuts will only worsen the uneven access to care across the province.
As Ontarians struggle to recover from COVID-19 and lockdowns, we can’t afford to lose these businesses. We can’t afford to lose equitable, reliable access to respiratory healthcare.
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Who gets hurt by cuts to healthcare?
Respiratory patients will see costs go up by $400-$600 per device, making access to air unaffordable for many.
Many Ontarians are continuing to feel the impact of COVID-19 on their respiratory health. Accepting cuts to healthcare now will hurt patients in the future in need of clinical support and respiratory devices.
Small Businesses & Clinics
Small, local businesses that go above and beyond to provide clinical support to patients will be unable to shoulder the additional costs and forced to close their doors permanently.
Many rural communities rely on smaller providers for access and will lose services entirely if local providers are forced to close, resulting in uneven access across the province.