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Blaine is a very compliant Type 1 Diabetic he tests his blood sugars every few hours and takes 6-10 needles everyday. He eats very healthy and is a non smoker. He does everything that a Type 1 should do. Regardless his disease has progressed to be classified as Type 1 "Brittle" diabetes. Which means his body doesn't give him the signals that it should when his blood sugars are extremely high or dangerously low.
The risks of this condition are continual damage to his vital organs, kidney failure, heart disease, blindness, amputations and the ever present risk of coma and or death.
His health rests with receiving a Pancreatic Islet Transplant in Edmonton, Alberta. His name is currently on the transplant list but cannot receive the transplant until we can secure coverage for the anti-rejection medications Cellcept, Tacrolimus and Valcite.
Despite the medications being covered in NB, ONT, BC and AB (confirmed to date), the NS Department of Health has refused to cover the medications. These medications are standard of care for other transplants covered by the province they were also covered for one of the two NS Pancreatic Islet Transplant patients.
We feel NS has set a precedent by covering these medications for the Islet transplant patient as well as for other transplants.
We are only asking the government of NS to provide consistent, non discriminatory health care by providing the coverage for these medications to the very few transplant patients that will require it.
This procedure will save the taxpayers of NS thousand of dollars in the long term.
As Nova Scotians, it is very important that we let the government know that we demand to have access to the best health care available. Please help us in getting as many signatures as possible.
This decision is currently sitting in the hands of the Premier of NS Darrell Dexter and his committee. Please help by also contacting their office directly at 1-888-247-0448 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact the Minister of Health's office directly at 424-3377 or email them at email@example.com
Lets be a proactive province!
Under existing Commonwealth legislation the vast majority of Australians with Type 1 Diabetes from the age of 16 years do not qualify for a Health Care Card.
The cost of essential, life-sustaining insulin is prohibitive without the Health Care Card.
At present, many families with teenage Type 1 Diabetics struggle to provide the medication needed to keep their children alive once they turn 16 and no longer qualify under "Child" legislation.
A person with Type 1 Diabetes cannot live without daily injections of insulin or continuous infusion of insulin via an insulin pump.
Insufficient insulin results in devastating short and long-term complications. For teenagers and young adults studying at High School, TAFE or University, insufficient insulin and high blood glucose levels dramatically affects their levels of concentration and will result in poor academic performance and reduced employment opportunities.
Prohibitive costs of insulin results in patients using less insulin than their recommended doses which can lead to repeated episodes of Diabetic Ketoacidosis which are potentially fatal.
Put simply, the lack of access to a Health Care Card can dramatically impact upon the quality of life for any Australian living with Type 1 Diabetes.
In memory of Mary Kathryn St John, age 6, whose life was suddenly taken by Sudden Onset Juvenile Diabetes.