Giving thanks for Dan’s Law

For patients. Like Dan.

The coming modifications to be made in Bill 175 will guarantee that no additional clients will suffer as Dan did– without the clinically required care he should have during his final weeks of life to be with his family, knowing his time was pertaining to an end.

I hope that existing and future governments in Ontario will look at this as an example of what a good federal government behaves and looks like. It is incredible what we can accomplish when we care not who takes the credit.

Not any longer.

As recently as in 2015, a client concerning Ontario from another province would have undergone a three-month await OHIP services.

Dan Duma and his better half, Ana, transferred to Alberta to find work after General Motors Windsor transmission plant closed. There, Dan was detected with liver cancer and was informed he had just a short time to live. Duma and his other half chose to go back to Windsor, where their 2 children live, for palliative care. Due to a loophole in OHIP, Dan was not able to receive the care he needed due to the fact that of the three-month waiting period for clients moving between provinces.

I wish to thank Ottawa MPP John Fraser, who was the interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party but in his previous function as Parliamentary Assistant to the Health Minister worked tirelessly to help promote for a regulation change that was the spirit of Dans Law. John is a hospice volunteer. There is special location in paradise for these type of people.

There are lots of people who made this possible.

This is not only an excellent thing for patients, it is likewise a great thing for government in Ontario. Lisa Gretzky belongs to the Official Opposition but that did not stop her from bringing this concern forward. It also did not stop our health minister from supporting and nurturing this idea, taking it even more than we dreamed possible.

It takes integrity to look across the flooring, see a good idea and bring that concept to the light. I hope that current and future governments in Ontario will look at this as an example of what a great federal government looks and behaves like. When we care not who takes the credit, it is amazing what we can achieve.

In the middle of August, I got an e-mail from a colleague inquiring about Dans Law. She knew a client who was looking to go back to Ontario who wanted and had a life-limiting prognosis to spend her final months with her family receiving palliative care in Ontario.

Dan Duma and his wife, Ana, moved to Alberta to find work after General Motors Windsor transmission plant closed. There, Dan was detected with liver cancer and was told he had just a brief time to live. Due to a loophole in OHIP, Dan was not able to receive the care he required due to the fact that of the three-month waiting period for clients moving in between provinces.

It was MPP Lisa Gretzkys personal members costs in 2016 that brought Dans story to light. It was her perseverance that would not let it die (which it did twice under the previous government)..

In March, the Ontario government waived the three-month OHIP wait for Canadians returning to Ontario in action to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic. With Bill 175s execution, clients who cant await palliative and end-of-life care will have the ability to receive OHIP, like Dan Duma, for whom the law is called.

This is how excellent federal government works.

I wish to thank the Windsor Star, my regional paper, who initially wrote about Dans story, and the CBC for covering Dans Law throughout its tortuous journey. I want to thank Andre Picard and the Globe and Mail for saying what we were all thinking. We are all better and smarter for checking out Andres columns.

It starts with Laura and Ana Duma. They permitted me to bring Dans story forward. This just does not take place without them.

Perhaps most of all, I would like to thank the Honourable Minister Christine Elliott for making Dans Law, in #OntarioSpirit, a reality. Frequently, great ideas get lost in the vastness of everyday life and the complexities of federal government. Thank you for making sure this concept did not get lost..

I want to thank the Ontario Medical Association (OMA), especially Angela Jonsson and the Health Care Advocacy group, for its assistance and support. Angela did lots of, many things for Dans Law but it is illustrative of her devotion that she compiled the assistance of a number of medical and labour organizations and organizations for Dans Law during March break 2018.

I desire to thank former OMA and Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Albert Schumacher for teaching me how to advocate (and how to make the most of the collection of travel reward points).

A lot has actually been said in current months about how simple it is to score on empty internet. This was never a certainty. Many barriers can and did arise. It takes a goalscorers touch to put the biscuit in the basket. If this job was simple, anyone could do it. With the COVID pandemic, it would have been simple for something like this to get lost in a sea of worry and unpredictability.