Meet 2 women advocating for the health of Canadians
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While undergoing treatment at home may seem like an easier alternative for people like Sharon who require long-term treatment, accessing take-home cancer drugs can be challenging and costly.
For Sharon, a more effective drug became available, but it wasn’t covered under the existing benefit program in Ontario. It would cost $5,000 to fill her prescription.
“I don’t have that kind of disposable income so being denied a ticket to health seemed like an unfair situation,” says Sharon.
Sharon managed to work with the pharmacy to get the drug company to pay them, however it was a lengthy process. It involved mailing forms and finding a pharmacy that could supply the correct dosage. This resulted in delays which meant Sharon went 3 months without her life-saving medication.
Sharon doesn’t want anyone else to experience the same challenges she’s been faced with. As someone who continues to rely on take-home cancer drugs, Sharon has joined our advocacy efforts to call for an increase in accessibility and affordability of take-home cancer drugs. We recommend that the federal government close the gaps in coverage so that all Canadians can have equal access to the medication they need in the comfort of their home.
“I’m just going to keep doing whatever I can to improve the cancer experience for others,” says Sharon. “I am hopeful that change will be made at some point in the future.”
Join Cindy, Sharon and all of us at the Canadian Cancer Society in advocating for change. Help us urge political parties to make cancer control a priority. Learn more about our federal election priorities and how you can take action to call on party leaders to:
- Expand the Employment Insurance Sickness Benefit
- Implement an annual cost recovery fee on the tobacco industry
- Close the gaps in coverage for take-home cancer drugs across Canada