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Jim McEwen at Queens Park to Raise Concerns of Age Discrimination Against Ontario Post-Stroke Patients Between 20 and 64

by Jim McEwen
May 21, 2015

Honourable Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Health Minister

At approximately 2:30 PM on April 2, 2015 , you stood up in the Legislature and informed the Speaker that your Ministry has been and continues to develop a Plan to eliminate age discriminatory treatment policies against Post-Stroke Patients between the ages of 20 and 64. CBC cameras do not lie. Play the below video.

It is now May 19, 2015 and there is no hint of your Plan referenced on April 2, 2015. Please provide me with an update on your subject Plan. This discrimination cannot continue. Surely a verbal commitment to the Speaker of the House must be meaningful, especially from a Minister of the Crown. Please recall your Oath of Office when becoming Ontario’s Health Minister.

This is my second or third attempt in trying to secure information on your Plan to eliminate age discriminatory treatment policies against Post-Stroke Patients. You may wish to undertake a performance appraisal of your Director of Communications. In my opinion communications are failing badly within the Ontario Health Ministry.

By copy to the Ontario Ombudsman Office, I officially request your assistance to secure this information from the Ontario Health Ministry. I simply want a status report from the Health Ministry on Minister Hoskin’s Plan referenced in the Legislature on April 2, 2015.

Surely there must be a senior Official within the Health Ministry who can provide this information. I do not understand all the secrecy about Minister Hoskin’s Plan to improve Post-Stroke treatment in Ontario, unless such a Plan does not exist. I would truly hope that Minister Hoskins was telling the truth in the Ontario Legislature on April 2, 2015. I also hope that my MPP Granville Anderson of Durham Riding was telling me the truth on April 2, 2015, when at Queens Park he also informed me of a new Plan was being developed by the Ontario Health Ministry.

I need the help of the Ontario Ombudsman Office, as I am being shunned by the Ontario Ministry of Health with my requests for information. I desperately need the help of the Ontario Ombudsman Office to secure this information. I have spent a significant portion of my retirement plan to purchase private and expensive stroke recovery/physiotherapy programs as a Post-Stroke Patient. I am hoping that I am the last person in Ontario who has to spend $500,000.00 over five years to purchase stroke treatment in a public healthcare system. This type of expenditure in a public healthcare system is just wrong and in my opinion, seriously violates the Canada Health Act and the Ontario Code of Human Rights.

I look forward your timely reply with meaningful words.

Jim McEwen, Post-Stroke Patient since 2010