The devastating financial, social, and emotional cost of keeping families together and close to the health care their child needs undermine fair and equitable access to health care in our country.
While Canada’s health care system is second-to-none, families with sick children who must travel for health care, are left to cover transportation, accommodation and other expenses necessary to be where they are needed most – by the side of their sick child.
It can cost up to $20,000 per month2 to be by the side of a sick child.
Regionally, the cost to stay close to your sick child ranges across the country:
Up to $15,0003 in out-of-pocket expenses in Montreal
Up to $17,0004 in out-of-pocket expenses in Ottawa
Up to $18,0005 in out-of-pocket expenses in Vancouver
Up to $20,0006 in out-of-pocket expenses in Toronto
Incurring unexpected expenses such as accommodation, transportation, parking, and food often creates emotional stress and an immense financial burden. This debt can take up to 5.5 years for families to pay back.
A child facing illness shouldn’t lead to a family facing bankruptcy.
This is compounded by the fact that these families often experience interrupted or lost employment due to the travel needed to be with their sick child. 94% of moms and 72% of dads have reported reduced or lost employment7, risking future income, financial stability, and retirement savings.