Make arthritis an election issue

Federal election 2008

It is time to take political action for people who live with arthritis. For far too long, this disease has been one that has lived in the shadows, misunderstood by the public and ignored by government. It is time for the voice of arthritis to be heard by those who are running to represent us.

In this section of the web site, you will find tools to help you speak out, and make arthritis treatment and care in Canada an issue of importance in this election.

Arthritis Consumer Experts is focusing a good deal of our election attention on a much-neglected area of arthritis treatment and care: the federal Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) plan, which is supposed to provide extended medical coverage for First Nations and Inuit people. The failure of the NIHB to provide adequate coverage for gold-standard arthritis medications constitutes discrimination, and Arthritis Consumer Experts is taking this issue to the parties and candidates. More information, and information about how you can help, is available below.

Questions to ask candidates in your riding

Open letter to candidates

Election 2008 Briefing Document on the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Drug Benefit Plan prepared by Arthritis Consumer Experts

Questionnaire sent by ACE to the five major parties

Letter sent with questionnaire to the Bloc Québécois
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Conservative Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Green Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the Liberal Party of Canada
Letter sent with questionnaire to the New Democratic Party

The Liberal Response

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Canadian Business Online
International Business Times
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