JointHealth™ express   June 10, 2014

Arthritis in Ontario - A letter to Ontario electoral candidates

Arthritis Consumer Experts reached out to the Ontario electoral candidates in May. Find out what they had to say.

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in Ontario. What many people don't realize is that nearly three out of every five people with arthritis are of working age. Arthritis is one word describing more than 100 types of disease. To effectively treat and manage the most disabling and life-threatening types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – the next elected Ontario government must increase its level of awareness and improve its standard of care.

As the Ontario provincial election campaign intensified in its final week, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) sent an open letter and a survey to all of the candidates. Read more about our campaign here.

As part of our core government outreach activities and in the spirit of our non-partisanship, ACE outlines in its letter to candidates the impact of arthritis in Ontario and asks each candidate to make a commitment to improving care for the more than 1.8 million Ontario residents who live with some form of arthritis.

ACE is also making all responses available to the public. Responses collected so far are up to this date and time: 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Any responses received by ACE after this date and time will be added to our website at a later time. Click here to view all the responses. Note the response summary is categorized by party and arranged according to the date we received the response, with the earlier replies at the top and the most recent at the bottom.

ACE does not endorse any candidate. Through this effort, we are seeking to reinforce our long-term campaign in Ontario for a model of care that addresses arthritis consumer needs. A model of care for arthritis, when appropriately developed and implemented, provides arthritis consumers with optimal care while aiming to reduce resource burdens on the healthcare system.

We encourage you to:
  • Circulate this open letter to friends, family, healthcare professionals, and your local media.
  • Help us obtain answers from any candidates who are running for office in the Ontario election. For tips on how to communicate with elected officials or key decision-makers, please visit our "What You Can Do" page within the "Taking Action" section of the JointHealth™ website.