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PAOV — Insulin can be the difference between life and death for those with diabetes, but many Canadians pay thousands of dollars every year for this life-saving medication. Petition starter Cullen lives with Type 1 diabetes and believes insulin should be available free of cost for all Canadians. The federal government has promised a national pharmacare program that would make medication like insulin more accessible, but they are yet to deliver on their promise. More than 168,000 people have signed Cullen’s petition to make insulin free — you can add your name today.

Insulin Must Be Free

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Before the discovery of insulin, there were two choices for people diagnosed with diabetes mellitus:

  1. Die
  2. The Starvation Method

(The latter often led to death after a prolonged, tortured existence.)

Sir Frederick Banting, Charles Best, Bert Collip, and J.J.R. Macleod — the co-discoverers of insulin — understood that their Hippocratic Oath forbade them from making a profit off of their discovery. In fact, all of the work they did to make the discovery was done virtually unfunded.

Today, the very province, in the very country, in which they made this discovery does not allow those living with diabetes to access insulin for free.

As someone living with Type 1 Diabetes in the Province of Ontario, I am saying this:

Type 1 Diabetes has no cure.

There is no alternative to insulin.

The Governments of Canada and Ontario need to ensure that insulin will be free for anyone living with Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational Diabetes, regardless of:

  • Age,
  • Income,
  • Sex and gender expression and identity,
  • Sexual orientation,
  • Race,
  • Ethnicity,
  • Marital status,
  • Religion,
  • etc.
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