In my opinion, 2012 was a year of awakening for many. We came to realize that government meets half our needs, people treat each other with indifference and financially “we” are on the verge of bankruptcy. In 2012 opportunities were lost when we occupied, worked to rule, or went on strike, while corporations accepted massive loans from government and still gave out multi-million dollar bonuses to the executives who cried poor in the first place.
The Ontario Auditor General’s 2012 annual report flagged a number of wasteful programs, including $25 million on a scrapped electronic Diabetes Registry, and $700 million on a little-known Toronto commuter card, known as PRESTO. There was also the cancellation of the 2 power plants – the actual cost to cancel both plants is at least $640 million and there was an Ornge scandal, just to name a few.
In Ontario, the politicking is getting worse as is our healthcare. In order to compensate for this waste, the Ontario Liberals have been slowly using our healthcare system to sweep their mismanagement under the rug. They put in a user fee, the delisted physiotherapy and chiropractic care, they forced doctors to take less money and it’s only going to get worse before it gets better.
We are not working.
It’s you… Not me.
So in 2013, we need to take a stand. We need to elect officials who care about people and who can keep finances in check. We need to micro-manage our elected officials and make sure they do as we require and if not, we must boot them out. We cannot stand by any longer and allow government to waste our tax dollars on over-priced union wages or buying votes to the detriment of Ontario’s hard-working citizens. We cannot allow our elected officials to cut healthcare in order to balance a budget that they failed to take care of. We cannot allow our elected officials to treat people the way they have been treating us any longer.
One very important way for elected officials to accomplish both fiscal responsibility and social responsibility (caring for people) is through the immediate funding of In-Vitro Fertilization. Funding IVF saves us, the taxpayers, considerable amounts of money and funding IVF sends the message that the government cares about couples who are struggling with infertility.
Did you know that the average cost of an IVF treatment is around $10,000.00. And did you know that many doctors implant more than one fertilized egg in hopes that one of the batch will result in a pregnancy. And did you know that if there are multiple babies born, usually prematurely, that not only does this pose a health risk for the mother but also for all of the babies and at the end of the day after hospital care and treatments, the bill to the taxpayer can be as high as $1,000,000.00. That is $1,000,000.00 per pregnancy, folks. That cost is covered by OHIP which means by you and I.
In Quebec, however, the government funds IVF treatments, which means infertile couples don’t have to mortgage their financial futures to have children AND with one egg implanted, there is no risk for multiple births and a much lower probability of hospitalization by the mother and the baby which can lead to additional illness and a huge toll on OHIP.
Net result of IVF funding… Considerable reductions in the cost burden on us, the taxpayer.
Infertile couples (hopefully) get the opportunity to be parents and there is no elitism as only the rich can afford the massive IVF bill.
It’s fiscally responsible, which I like.
It’s morally responsible, which I like.
It’s socially responsible, which I also like.
It provides a better, safer, opportunity for couples who really want to be parents to be parents.
So why doesn’t the government do it?
So let’s send all the parties this holiday card below with a note to get moving on this issue or start clearing out their desks. Elections are coming and it’s time to take a stand against government stupidity. If I hear another politician dismiss this issue by saying that they “studied it and at this point it doesn’t make sense”, I’m going to take names and post them at election time so we’ll know who can safeguard our tax dollars and who shouldn’t ever be in that position again.
Here’s hoping for a better 2013 for all infertile couples.
Feel free to tweet your thoughts using the #OHIP4IVF for those of you in Ontario or who wish to show your support. If you add the tag #onpoli then that hits the Ontario politics feed as well.
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We can make this happen!
- Four Ways Men Can Support Their Spouses During In Vitro Fertilization (urbandaddy.wordpress.com)
- Win a Baby: A controversial IVF contest (karmasdogma.wordpress.com)
- Having a child may be priceless, but infertility is not… (karmasdogma.wordpress.com)
- The Emotional Side of IVF (themwordmag.wordpress.com)