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Amanda Stanton

Director of Public Affairs & Regional Partnerships, Parkinson Canada

Parkinson Canada is calling on the newly-elected government to make Parkinson’s a priority – and we need your help.

More than 100,000 people live with Parkinson’s in this country. That number will grow by 30 people tomorrow and 30 more the day after that until we reach 200,000 Canadians within the next 10 years. 

People living with Parkinson’s and their care partners need increased government support to improve on areas of greatest urgency, including reducing wait times for diagnosis, increasing access to care, and reducing costs for health care services and medications. 

 It’s time Canada had a system of care for people impacted by Parkinson’s. 

Please join Parkinson Canada in raising your voice to call on our newly-elected Prime Minister and parliamentarians to #PrioritizePD and commit to improving health care for all Canadians living with Parkinson’s. 

 Key issues around Parkinson’s in Canada 

  • One in five people with Parkinson’s wait more than a year to receive a formal diagnosis after first reporting their symptoms to a medical professional. 
  • People living with Parkinson’s need regular access to specialists after diagnosis. The national average wait time to meet with a Parkinson’s specialist is 11 months, with some regions reporting wait times of more than two years. 
  • Nearly half of people in Canada living with Parkinson’s and their care partners find it difficult to pay for medical expenses. 

No matter what, Parkinson Canada is committed to raising the voices of people affected by Parkinson’s. Together, we can keep the conversation going by calling on the government to prioritize Parkinson’s and improve health care for the Canadian Parkinson’s community. 

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