12 US States and the United Kingdom Offer Superior Autism Therapy Funding Models
12 US states have deemed autism treatment medically necessary and fund it at far greater levels than we do; the United Kingdom has also established a federal autism plan. Learn more in an email written to Lisa MacLeod, Ontario Minister of Community, Children, and Social Services.
What is "Medically Necessary"?
The phrase "medically necessary" is the specific phrase under the Canada Health Act that allows us to access a range of medical services through our national health insurance plan and affiliate provincial health insurance plans, equitably and without payment requirements. "Medically necessary" covers services Canadians rely on such as physician visits, surgeries, and therapies.
Why is This an Important Issue?
Some of the issues that have arisen because autism therapy is not correctly classified as "medically necessary" are:
- inadequate treatment for those affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD);
- unnecessary emotional and financial hardship among caregivers and those affected by ASD;
- inefficient use of tax money, and;
- long-term social and financial issues for all of us.
How is Autism Presently Treated in Canada?
Parents and other caregivers are forced to navigate a monolithic labyrinth of services run by a variety of ministries. The present system is confusing, financially draining, and wasteful. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually on these programs, and far greater results could be achieved with proper classification of autism as medically necessary.
How You Can Help
This site will be updated over the next several weeks with more information and ways that you can help ensure that autistic children and adults alike are properly treated and are able to realize their potential.
In the meantime, please sign our petition.