Q&A with the candidates: Part 4

Will your party support extending the insulin pump program to include Type 1 diabetics over the age of 18?

  • May. 9, 2013 7:00 a.m.

Question 4:

Will your party support extending the insulin pump program to include Type 1 diabetics over the age of 18?

Michael Henshall:

I absolutely support a strong Health Care system for all British Columbians. The insulin pump program for adults seems very reasonable and I agree should be implemented.

The two tax and spend parties, BC Liberals and former BCNDP have left our provincial Health Care system in a shambles. We have the lowest per capita nurses in the country.

The BC Auditor General has addressed that the problem lies in the inefficiencies and the bloated bureaucracy in the system, but it remains.

This is causing huge waste so that British Columbian’s tax dollars are not going where we want them to. The BC Conservatives have the only plan to scrutinize these expenditures and streamline the inefficiencies in the system. I personally commit to getting rid of government waste so that our provincial Health Care System can prosper and programs like the insulin pump program can be available for adults.

Ryan McKinnon:

The type 1 insulin pump program has my full support for those over 18 as it helps maintain those afflicted with the condition better health thus keeping them out of emergency room beds.At the same time saving the health care system millions of dollars yearly.

Gwen O’Mahony:

Adrian Dix has first-hand knowledge of the challenges and expenses that come with a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis. That’s why we will extend insulin pump coverage to young adults aged 19 to 25. The BC NDP has also committed to strengthen primary and community health services to relieve pressure on acute care, especially in rural areas.

We will improve access to multi-disciplinary health clinics and teams including nurse practitioners, rehabilitation professionals, psychologists, social workers, midwives and other health professionals.

Laurie Throness:

In 2008 the BC Liberal government began to fund insulin pumps for all Type 1 diabetics under aged 18.

I am unaware of the policy and cost implications of extending this to all adults. I am, however, committed to ongoing support for diabetics, and to our policy platform, which envisions spending $2.4 billion more on health care than we are spending now, over the next three years.

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