It’s an expensive disease, a time consuming disease, and it is complicated to take care of yourself when you have type 1 Diabetes.
That from Dave Prowton with JDRF.
JDRF promotes itself as a leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes through both research funding and advocacy.
Prowton says it is very concerning that it now seems harder for type 1 diabetics to receive a disability tax credit which is worth on average, per person, around $1,500 per year.
He says, depending on coverage, it can cost up to $15,000 per person every year to pay for needles, insulin and all the tools required to manage the life sustaining therapy.
JDRF spoke to the standing committee on Finance Friday and will speak to CRA officials Wednesday in Ottawa.
Prowton says their main point is that anyone with the disease, who meet the thresholds, should qualify for the disability tax credit but since May 1st the rejection rate for the tax credit has sky-rocketed 80 to 90 %.
Initially in addition to the patient applying for the credit, a doctor has to help complete that application and Prowton says people being rejected are now being asked to submit more information with doctors again asked to be part of that process.