Liberal government quietly cuts insurance benefits to province's most helpless launching an outcry from victims and their families
- Wynne slashes the maximum amount of medical benefits a person can claim from a catastrophic injury caused by an automobile accident by $1million dollars per person
- Frank Bruno, Paralympic triple Gold medalist and Pan Am Games 2015 torchbearer, supports car accident victims and hopes this advocacy group is successful in stopping the Premier's cuts to insurance benefits.
TORONTO, Aug. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - As plans get underway for the 2015 Para Pan Am Games, a victims advocacy group is calling out the Premier for filling the pockets of insurance companies and neglecting the most disabled. Recently proposed cuts to accident benefits in Ontario will leave victims impoverished and without access to proper medical and rehabilitation benefits.
"How can the Premier claim to be a champion of the disabled? Under the current auto insurance system, I have a few therapists helping me rehabilitate, as well as access to 24 hour care to ensure that I am safe," said Justin Morrisette, Car Accident Victim who sustained a catastrophic injury. "However, if the proposed changes pass, I would have half the amount of funding to allow me to get better and heal. This would feel like punishment having to choose between learning to walk again and showering safely."
The proposed slashes, which deprive the most severely injured and burden the overtaxed publicly funded healthcare system, are just the latest installment in the government's never-ending submission to for-profit insurance companies.
"The newly suggested level of benefit is grossly insufficient considering that those effected suffer from paralysis, amputations and severe brain injuries," says Nick Gurevich member of the healthcare community. "These cuts will rob the most severely injured not only from a chance to recover but from dignity itself."
Many have already signed a petition calling on the government to refrain from enacting amendments in Bill 15 that discriminate against Ontario's most injured. The petition is available at www.victimsmatter.ca and will be formally presented to MPPs for introduction into the house.
SOURCE Victims Matter
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