Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) in Manitoba is opposed to a new fee that charges Manitobans with sleep apnea for CPAP devices.

NDP Leader Wab Kinew pointed to the cuts as being the wrong approach from a public health perspective and a financial perspective.

“This is another example of Pallister trying to save a dime today, but costing us in the long run. I’ve talked to many Manitobans who won’t be able to afford Pallister’s fees, and without treatment they could suffer from severe complications down the road. Diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, depression – these can totally take away someone’s quality of life,” said NDP Leader Wab Kinew.

“With these fees creating a barrier to prevent some patients from getting the care they need, our health system will have to deal with the chronic illness that can result, and that’s going to create greater pressure on specialists, emergency rooms, and all health services,” continued Kinew. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

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