The bill is named in honour of Dan Duma, a man who moved from Alberta to Ontario to be closer to family at the end of his life, but wasn’t able to access home or hospice-based palliative care due to a required three-month waiting period for publicly insured home and community care. He died from liver cancer one month into the waiting period. Thankfully, dedicated health professionals were able to provide Dan with “informal” hospice and home palliative care, but it is crucial that no one else face the same dilemma and that all Canadians are able to die in dignity, in the setting of their choosing.
By eliminating the three-month waiting period to access home and community care, Dan’s Law provides a common sense solution. Not only do most patients prefer home and community care, it is also significantly less expensive to provide than other forms of care to which the waiting period does not apply. Removing the waiting period is a logical change which is good for clients, and good for Ontario’s health system.
We encourage Ontario to honour Dan’s legacy and demonstrate leadership by removing an inefficient and unnecessary barrier to care, and ensuring true portability of health care services across provinces.
What You Can Do: E-mail the members of the Standing Committee on Justice Policy urging them to call Dan’s Law to committee:
Shafiq Qaadri (Chair)
LIB / Etobicoke North
Lorenzo Berardinetti (Vice-Chair)
LIB / Scarborough Southwest
LIB / Eglinton--Lawrence
LIB / Mississauga--Streetsville
Nathalie Des Rosiers
LIB / Ottawa--Vanier
NDP / Hamilton Mountain
PC / Stormont--Dundas--South Glengarry
LIB / Kitchener Centre
PC / Bruce--Grey--Owen Sound
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