Ontario's patients are waiting well beyond recommended wait times for a life-saving medical procedure all because government doesn’t provide adequate funding.
Let's change that.
Thanks to you and the thousands of Ontarians who sent letters to your MPPs, the government of Ontario has increased funding for TAVI procedures in 2018/19 ensuring about 330 more patients in Ontario will receive access to this life-changing procedure.
That’s a good start, but more than 4,000 eligible Ontarians are still on a waiting list and since funding the additional procedures, the government of Ontario has changed hands.
Your voice can make a difference. To ensure Ontarians have access to this life-changing procedure and the highest standard of care, we need you send a letter to the new government, calling on them to continue funding an incremental annual increase of 400 additional procedures per year for the next several years, to help reduce wait times, close the care gap, and improve the health and quality of life for Ontarians with aortic stenosis.
TAVI, or Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation, is a minimally-invasive alternative to traditional open-heart surgery for patients with Aortic Stenosis who are considered inoperable or too high-risk to undergo traditional surgery. Aortic Stenosis is a heart valve disease affecting more than 1 in 8 seniors aged 75 and over.
Traditional open-heart surgery requires patients to undergo surgery under general anesthesia, followed by a lengthy hospital stay and up to several months recovering at home. Alternatively, TAVI is a less invasive procedure using local anesthetic and innovative design and engineering to replace the diseased aortic valve via a catheter, usually through a small incision in the groin. Patients who receive TAVI are generally walking within hours, home within a few days and feeling better than they did before within weeks. Studies have also shown patients who receive TAVI have fewer post-operative complications and hospital readmissions than patients who underwent traditional open-heart surgery.
TAVI has been approved by Health Canada, is recommended by Ontario’s own health technology advisory committee and is considered the standard of care in Europe, the US, and other Canadian Provinces. And while the government of Ontario has committed to funding approximately 330 more procedures in 2018/19 than funded in previous years, more than 4,000 eligible Ontarians are still on a waiting list to receive this life-changing procedure - a procedure that is not only less invasive, done in shorter time, using fewer hospitals resources, but produces better patient outcomes.
Limited funding for the TAVI procedure is putting our most vulnerable citizens at risk. Aortic Stenosis only worsens without appropriate treatment; 50% of patients will likely die within two years. Ontario's patients, and their families, deserve better.
We're asking you to send a letter to the new health minister and your local MPP today, calling on them to increase funding for TAVI procedures and make this life-saving treatment option the standard of care in Ontario.
If you were faced with the choice of having your chest broken open to repair your heart, undergoing surgery under general anesthesia, followed by a lengthy hospital stay and up to several months recovering at home or a less invasive procedure using local anesthetic that can see you walking within hours, home within a few days and feeling better than you did before within weeks, which would you choose?
Join thousands of Ontarians and send a letter to the new health minister and your local MPP today, calling on them to adequately fund TAVI procedures and give Ontarians a level of care that has become standard in other provinces. Send your letter today!