The Government of Ontario Improves Wound Care for Patients with Diabetes
Elio’s Foot Comfort Centre applauds the announcement.
Ontario is covering the cost of specialized casts to provide more support for patients with diabetic foot ulcers.
Wound care devices, which include removable, non-removable and total contact foot casts, can significantly improve patients’ quality of life by relieving pressure around the heel, ankle and toes so the foot can properly heal. These casts will be made available at no cost to the user at eligible locations such as foot and wound care clinics, specialized programs for diabetes and community health, complex continuing care and rehabilitation centres.
” Amputations are one of the most feared consequences of diabetes. Diabetes Canada recognizes the Government of Ontario’s leadership in providing public funding for offloading devices, which treat diabetic foot ulcers and prevent amputations. Diabetes Canada encourages the Government of Ontario to continue working on this issue, and encourages other provinces to follow Ontario’s leadership in helping Canadians living with diabetes with their foot care, ” said Amanda Thambirajah, Director of Government Relations, Ontario, Diabetes Canada
The province is also supporting wound care training and education for health care workers, which will include specialized skills development in diabetic foot ulcer management.
Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
” The government’s announcement today is excellent news for persons with diabetes who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers. The funding of offloading devices (pressure relieving), will prevent amputations and the devastating suffering and cost that result from them. We are proud that Ontario is the first province to provide universal funding for offloading devices for the treatment of foot ulcers and we encourage all other provincial governments across Canada to implement this evidence based cost saving therapy. The announcement is the culmination of a meaningful partnership between organizations representing nurses, physicians, other health professions and the public, ” said Doris Grinspun, CEO, Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), and Mariam Botros, CEO, Wounds Canada