A standard advocacy tool, letter writing is also very popular for its convenience factor. Letters can be mailed, faxed or sent via email. Below is a sample letter that can be sent to all of your local MPP. Encourage your friends and family to follow suit and send a letter as well.
Name of MPP/Party Leader
City/ Town, Postal Code
Dear (Mr. Ms. Mrs.) (Surname)
As a constituent in this riding, I am writing to you to express my concerns as someone affected by chronic pain.
Chronic pain affects 20-30% of Ontarians and includes neuropathic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain and headaches. Chronic pain is a serious public health concern that will grow as our population ages. And it is not just the personal costs to the person suffering from unrelieved pain. There is a significant financial burden to the patient as well as economic costs to society as a whole.
The costs of chronic pain to the Canadian economy have been estimated to be more than $6 billion a year in direct healthcare costs, and $37 billion per year in productivity costs related to job loss and sick days. This translates roughly into $2.1 billion and $13 billion respectively in Ontario. To put this value into perspective in relation to the healthcare costs of other disorders, it is as much as for cardiovascular disease or cancer, and twice as much as depression.
[Insert your personal story here. Ex. I am a mother of two suffering from X. This means X and presents challenges such as X]
The current system for dealing with pain care is uncoordinated and unbalanced, leaving many patients misdiagnosed, inappropriately treated or under treated. Advocates from across Ontario have called on the government to implement a comprehensive pain strategy.
I call on you to commit to establishing a comprehensive pain strategy for Ontario.
Thank you for your commitment, and I look forward to receiving a response from you.