I’m an Accountant and a T1 living in Canada.
In all fairness to the Liberals, most T1 diabetics never did qualify for the DTC. To qualify requires 14 hours a week of direct therapy time limited to the following:
- checking blood glucose levels
- preparing and administering the insulin
- calibrating necessary equipment
- testing ketones
- keeping a log book of blood glucose levels
I’ve done the math over and over, and I don’t qualify - especially using an insulin pump and being on a CGM.
That said, excluding diabetics from the financial benefit of the DTC has always been a sore spot with me. It’s not about the “time” to administer life-sustaining therapy, it’s about the “cost” of administering life-sustaining therapy.
A diabetic takes a HUGE financial hit of approximately $15,000/year in medical costs. I’ve been diabetic for 31 years. Doing the math, that means my family and I are down approximately $465,000.
Since most diabetics never did qualify, the liberals are actually targeting those diabetics who MOST need the tax credit and take the biggest hit. They are targeting those in kidney failure, with amputations, with blindness, with chronic pain. They are targeting, those who may not be able to work. They are targeting parents of young children who have a to look forward to a lifetime of sickness and disability.
This disgusting approach reminds me of taking away treatment for children over 5 years old dealing with autism.