FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 27, 2023
QUEEN’S PARK— It’s time Ontario covers PSA testing for all men 50 and over on a regular basis according to Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady. Brady today stood in the legislative chamber to advocate on behalf of men for providing OHIP-covered access to PSA testing.
“Speaker, I rise to advocate on behalf of all the men we love—our grandfathers, fathers, sons, brothers, nephews—all who should have access to OHIP-covered PSA testing,” Brady said.
Brady reminded the government that females have access to early detection tests, yet Ontario refuses to alter the current OHIP coverage for PSA testing, allegedly due to national guideline recommendations. She noted that eight other provinces have managed to provide coverage despite those guidelines.
Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst Canadian men and the PSA test is a key step in early detection.
The Ontario government covers a PSA test for those whose practitioner suspects prostate cancer or those who have already been diagnosed, which is not early detection.
“I was honoured to speak recently at the ride for dad –a charitable motorcycle ride with the mission to save men’s lives. 20 years of advocacy and nearly $40 million and yet this government spins its wheels,” said Brady. “The day of the ride we heard stories from survivors who were blessed with early detection. But also tragic stories from those who have lost a loved one. The cost to treat cancer is far greater than the $3 million projected for regular PSA testing for men over 50.”
Brady also gave a shout out to MPP Wayne Gates who previously brought this issue forward last year.
“I am today joining him in this fight to do the right thing. I want the men in my life to be around for Christmas, birthdays and summer barbecues.”
For more information, contact MPP Bobbi Ann Brady at [email protected] or 519-428-0446