WHEREAS more than 850,000 Ontarians live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD, (more than 70,000 in Central LHIN) and these numbers are climbing quickly; and
WHEREAS COPD is one of the most costly chronic diseases in Ontario, currently responsible for 24 percent of emergency department visits and 24 percent of hospitalizations in this provinces; and
WHEREAS respiratory rehabilitation is a Health Quality Ontario endorsed, evidence based intervention that improves quality of life for people with COPD and other lung diseases while saving health care dollars; and
WHEREAS due to lack of dedicated funding for lung health programs the respiratory rehabilitation program at Southlake Regional Health Centre- the only such program in Central LHIN- was recently cancelled;
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to request the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to urge Central LHIN- and all LHINs- to develop evidence-based plans to address COPD and other lung disease that coordinate resources and care across all levels of the health care system; and further
WE the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to request the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to immediately work with stakeholders to develop a province-wide action plan for lung health to improve prevention, early diagnosis and patient outcomes, while maximizing the return on healthcare investment.
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