Support funding for CPAP devices

Protecting Respiratory Health During a Pandemic

Amid a respiratory pandemic, the Ontario government is cutting funding to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices which will hurt struggling small businesses and leave patients without reliable access to healthcare.
What's the Issue?
CPAP treatment can help reduce COVID-19 risk factors.
CPAP devices are used to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a respiratory condition that many experts believe puts patients at greater risk for severe COVID-19 and subsequent hospitalization or death. Early studies indicate that CPAP treatment may help decrease the underlying condition and manage COVID-19 symptoms.

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 and businesses have been hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Patients depend on these clinics to provide a range of respiratory services, including home oxygen.
 
As Ontarians struggle to recover from COVID-19 and lockdowns, we can’t afford to lose these businesses or risk gaps in care for current and future respiratory patients. As many recovering from COVID-19 struggle with long term symptoms, we can’t afford to lose equitable, reliable access to respiratory healthcare.  
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Who gets hurt by cuts to healthcare?

Current Patients

Respiratory patients will see costs go up by $400-$600 per device, making access to air unaffordable for many.

Future Patients

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.

Rural Communities

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.
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Join Ontarians standing up for patients and the small businesses providing critical healthcare services.

Call on the Ontario Government to maintain funding for CPAP devices and remind them that all Ontarians deserve fair costs and equitable access to healthcare.
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