Christine Elliott, Minister of Health
Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance,
I am writing to show my support for including funding for epilepsy education and support programs in this year’s provincial budget. This investment is a simple way to reduce healthcare costs, address hallway medicine, and support people living with epilepsy.
Helping people with epilepsy, and their families, better manage their condition, reduce seizure frequency, and deal with the many social and psychological challenges people living with epilepsy face is at the core of what Community Epilepsy Agencies do.
Ontario’s Community Epilepsy Agencies provide a valuable contribution to our healthcare system, however they receive no core government funding for their education and support programs.
A key part of epilepsy education is seizure first aid including when to go, and when not to go, to an Emergency Room following a seizure. By funding expanded programs through Ontario’s Community Epilepsy Agencies, the provincial government could save more than it spends on the program, through reduced Emergency Room usage. The program will also help address the Hallway Medicine crisis by cutting down the number of unnecessary hospital visits following a seizure.