The Bowdish Lab has been working with the Ontario Lung Association to encourage politicians to support Bill #41 – The Lung Health Act. You may not be aware that of all the common chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular, diabetes), lung disease is the only one that doesn’t have a dedicated action plan.
The rates of lung disease are higher then they need to be, and many “best practices” for treating or preventing lung disease are not in place, compromising the health of many Ontarians and increasing health care costs. For this reason, MPP Kathryn McGarry put forth a private members bill to create a Lung Health Act for Ontario. Bill 41 would entail establishing a Lung Health Advisory Council to make recommendations to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on lung health issues; and requiring the Minister to develop and implement an Ontario Lung Health Action Plan, respecting research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.
In November our lab attended a provincial lobby day, where we discussed the importance of this bill with politicians. On June 6, 2016, I gave a deputation to the Committee on Social Policy on why this Bill would be of particular importance to older adults.