We offer a huge shout out to the thousands of Ontarians who added their voice this past Spring to our first digital advocacy campaign focused on improving access to the Transcather Aortic Stenosis Implantation (TAVI) procedure! Thanks in part to the thousands of letters they sent to the Minister of Health and MPPs, the former Government of Ontario increased funding for TAVI procedures for the 2018-19 fiscal year. This increased funding will ensure about 330 more patients in Ontario receive access to this life-changing procedure.
While it is a significant and positive step forward, 4,000 eligible Ontarians are still on a waiting list for the procedure. With a newly elected Government in Ontario, we are again asking for your support. We need you send a letter to the new government, to Minister Elliott and your elected MPP, calling on them to continue funding additional TAVI procedures annually to ensure we reduce wait times, close the care gap, and improve the health and quality of life for Ontarians with aortic stenosis.
We’re also now turning our attention toward Quebec where eligible aortic stenosis patients also need improved access to the life-changing TAVI procedure. We are preparing to expand our TAVI advocacy campaign into Quebec later this month. If you live in Quebec, stay tuned for all the latest here on and our social channels to find out how you can call on your provincial leaders to support better access to TAVI in your province.
Our mission at Heart Valve Voice Canada is to be a voice for all of Canada’s heart valve disease patients and ensure they receive the right treatment at the right time, improving the quality of life and overall outcomes for each individual. Our TAVI digital advocacy efforts are one step we’re taking to do just that, and we couldn’t do it without your support. Thank you for adding your voice to ours and supporting Canadians living with heart valve disease.