Manitoba 2019 provincial election

Arthritis is one word that describes more than 100 disease types and affects one in four Manitoba residents. Within a generation, the number of Manitobans living with the most disabling and life-threatening types – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – is expected to increase significantly.

A provincial election will be held in Manitoba on September 10, 2019. Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) advocates that arthritis, a disease affecting more than 226,000 Manitoba residents, should be an issue of great importance to candidates running for office.

ACE sent an open letter and a survey to candidates running in the Manitoba election. As part of its core government outreach activities and in the spirit of non-partisanship, ACE outlines the impact of arthritis in Manitoba and asks each candidate to share how government can improve inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis models of care in Manitoba.

Any responses received by ACE will be archived and posted as they arrive.

ACE survey and party responses

ACE letter sent to each candidate included: Party responses to survey
Individual Candidate Responses
Questions Voiced by the Public and Patients with Arthritis
  • Will you establish better prevention programs and facilitate flexible work arrangements to help reduce the direct and indirect costs of arthritis to Manitoba employers and the Manitoba economy?
  • What will your government do to improve the healthcare and lives of indigenous peoples living with arthritis in Manitoba?
  • Will you consider arthritis a health priority for Manitoba and implement high quality, standardized evidence-based models of arthritis care for all Manitoba residents?
  • How will you improve reimbursement access for medicines approved for inflammatory arthritis?
  • Will you take steps to increase the number of rheumatologists and trained arthritis professionals to ensure timely, specialized care for Manitoba patients with arthritis?
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