The Ugly Truth about Epilepsy Funding for Adult Programs in BC

BC is a have-not province when it comes to the care and support provided to the epilepsy population in BC and the struggle for people living with epilepsy in BC still continues. For more information on the story of epilepsy, the orphaned disease in BC, please click here to read about the presentation that Kim Davidson, CEO & Executive Director of the BC Epilepsy Society and the Founder of the I AM A VOICE for Epilepsy Awareness™ campaign made to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services.

Did you know that funding for epilepsy programs and services across Canada varies from province-to-province? Please see below for a few examples of this:

  • Ontario:
    • $1.6 million in government funding for epilepsy programs and services
    • Has 39 beds for epilepsy monitoring in the province
  • Saskatchewan (10,000 people living with epilepsy in the province)
    • $1.3 million in government funding for epilepsy programs and services
    • Has 4 beds for epilepsy monitoring in the province
  • BC (50,000 people living with epilepsy in the province)
    • $55,000 in government funding for epilepsy programs and services
      • This equates to $1.10 per person living with epilepsy per year for potentially lifesaving epilepsy programs and services
    • Has 4 beds for epilepsy monitoring in the province

We believe that every person living with epilepsy across Canada should have equitable access to care no matter what province they live in. We hope that you will help us make BC a better place for people living with epilepsy to live! If you’re wondering “How can this be done?”, here are some things that you can do:

  • Donate to the BC Epilepsy Society here
  • Sign our petition here
  • Find out how to write a letter to your MLA or MP here
  • Take information about the epilepsy crisis in BC and inform your family, friends and loved ones
  • Raise awareness of epilepsy in your community

If you or a loved one has epilepsy, please join us in being a voice, helping us in ending the epilepsy crisis in BC and rewriting the story of epilepsy, the orphan disease in BC!

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