Federal government reveals plan to improve access to diabetes care across Canada – CBC

Advocates for diabetes patients have lamented a lack of federal vision to address the disease

Oct 05, 2022

The federal government has tabled a long-awaited plan in the House of Commons to improve access to diabetes treatment and prevention in Canada, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Wednesday.

Liberal MP Sonia Sidhu called for the framework as part of a private member’s bill that became law in 2021.

At the time, Diabetes Canada was clamouring for some kind of national vision to address the spread of the disease.

“The framework means that Canada will have a co-ordinated response to diabetes that will improve health outcomes for everyone,” Sidhu told a press conference alongside the health minister Wednesday.

Diabetes prevents the natural production or use of insulin in the body, which in turn regulates glucose in the blood. It is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/diabetes-canada-duclos-1.6607619

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