I wish to thank you for your message regarding the inclusion of Applied Behaviour Analysis in Medicare. As you have noted, this is an issue affecting a growing number of Canadian families, and I understand the high costs of treatment are of great concern.
As you know the Canada Health Act requires provinces to cover medically necessary services without naming any particular procedure. This means that the decision on what to cover has been left up to the provinces, creating a patchwork system where some provinces provide coverage for Applied Behavioural Analysis and others do not.
I recognize that this disparity creates a hardship for families and myself and the NDP are interested in working with the provinces to see this disparity eliminated. This is definitely a subject we will raise with the provinces when we negotiate a new Health Accord.
I do support this change and hope we can work together in the future.
Sharon Scott- Levesque RN
Fredericton NDP Candidate
Thank you Sharon Scott-Levesque for supporting the inclusion of ABA for autism treatment in a new Canada Health Act accord. Harold Doherty