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Sickness benefits
Talo09
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As my surgery is complete and I am preparing for my treatment plan, I've been looking into sickness benefits(ontario) as i will not be able to work through treatment. I've printed off the forms for both myself and my mother. (She wants to take caregiver benefits to be able to take me to treatment). Could someone tell me which doctor should be filling these forms out? My gp? Any help anyone could offer with navigating EI would be great. Thanks
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Boby1511
1035 Posts

@Talo09

Hi there,

I got sick leave EI for the first 3 months, and my mother too took the caregiver benefits (after my surgery and during chemo).

I had my nurse practitioner fill out the form. They took it. I think the first 2 weeks they don't cover, not sure been a while now.

Think you can take the form to any of the doctors you see regular. My NP was free but I know there's sometimes a small charge (think $20) for the docs/NP to fill out the form.

I do know they extended the caregiver amount of weeks.

They were also very quick. Had response in days. You can always call service canada and ask.

Sending you best wishes as you continue treatment.

Boby1511
1035 Posts

@Talo09

My work insurance was a bit more picky. They had me sign a form to access my medical records and I had my palliative doc sign off on another form. But this was for long term benefits. My doc also did this for free. But I did see a specialist once and the form I had signed there cost me $20 or perhaps $40.

Hugs.

Talo09
4 Posts

Thanks so much for the reply and the kind words. I don't have my full treatment plan yet so i know I'm getting ahead of myself but it's hard not to worry about these things.

Best wishes to you as well.

@Talo09 I went on medical EI during my surgery in March 2019 and was still on it for the beginning of my chemo. I had first went to the government office and they told me everything was online. I am in BC but I don't think that matters. From what I remember it was pretty easy but then it was before Covid too. Remember that EI doesn't take any taxes off so be prepared during tax time. I think the only paperwork issue I had was through work. I was sending in paperwork to get the amount I had paid in prescriptions reimbursed and work had showed me with no hours. I work at a Union job and just had to fill out another paperwork explaining that I didn't have any hours because I was on medical leave.

Editing this post as I forgot to add something. I did have a letter from my family Doctor (no charge) but never did show it to anyone.

Boby1511
1035 Posts

@Talo09

Its good to plan ahead. And why not make use of the benefits available to us.

I'm pretty sure I didn't need a doc note for my EI sick leave, but the caregiver portion does require one. I know at the beginning of covid they allowed us to skip the doc note as there were no offices open, but they have since changed this to required again. Its a simple form and I'm sure your GP will have no issue filling it out.

It's great your mom is taking time off to help you out.

Do you know when you will be starting chemo?

My mom was a huge help, not sure I'd have made it without her. At the beginning I could not bath myself or put on socks! Such a nuisance. My mom took time off without even being aware of the caregiver options. I found it for her. She did after all still have to take care of her own home and I was not paying! lol. I was not an overly generous patient!

Hugs.

Talo09
4 Posts

Yes, what would we do without our mom's? She's been my rock through this. I'm glad your mom was there to take care of you too. ❤️

My original treatment plan did not include chemo, only radiation. This was of course prior to my post op pathology, which I should be getting on Thursday. I suppose I'm trying to prepare for all the possible outcomes, so I feel less blindsided if thats what it comes to.

Boby1511
1035 Posts

@Talo09

Hi there,

Blindsided: I knew chemo was part of my plan, for weeks I knew. But the night before I gotta say, I felt like it was something I couldn't do. Scared I guess. Next day, one foot in front of the other, and repeat. I got to chemo chair. Orientation, they give you a private area, discuss your chemo, possible side effects, you get to ask questions with a nurse administrating your drug. I cried. Was still not prepared for the actual event. But after a few cycles… you get used to it. You adjust. You come to terms with being poisoned, with feeling crappy all day long. Radiation I had couple months after chemo. You go everyday for 6 weeks, monday to friday (one holiday in there extended it to 6 weeks). 30 rounds. You get to feel like a regular at the hospital. Here you go thru the covid line prior to getting to the cancer center. You get to know the people at the door, they wave you in. You get to know the people walking you to the radiation area and lining you up. You get to know the washrooms at the hospital.

I think you just have to do. Sometimes the treatment is a bit of a let down in a strange way. Its not as extreme as the movies play it. Sure some stuff is bad, but its more gradual, chemo is accumulative. You get to know your body and what it needs and how its responding. You get to know if something is wrong and needs a little more help.

You adjust.

You will get there too. And its great your mom will be with you thru it all. It is a very stressful time. And there is the fatigue. Its nice to have someone to rely on that has got you.

@Talo09

I am so glad you have connected with @Buffythevampire and @Boby1511 so they can share their experiences with you.

I wanted to share with you how to “tag” a member, as I have done above with your name, so that the person you are directing your response to will be notified that they have been mentioned.

Simply type the @ sign immediately followed by ( no spaces ) the member's username. If you see more than one that match the letters you have typed in, select the one you want. It will then turn blue, as above, and you will know you have done it successfully.

Wishing you well as you navigate not only all these forms and such but your upcoming treatment plan. Continue to reach out as you need.

Lianne

Waldo
19 Posts

@Talo09
Hi, I had my oncologist fill out the forms and send them in. She didn't bill me, but I do do believe that the bc cancer center sent the bill to insuranc compan for the them to pay. At any rate I have had all outside requests for information filled out by the oncologist and not had to pay anything.

Skye2
226 Posts

Hi @Talo09

Im in Ontario as well, and went on medical E.I. mid chemo, so my medical oncologist completed my forms, and when I transitioned to LTD, I think I had forms also completed by my surgeon as well as oncologist. …the paperwork is never ending…🤦‍♀️! I pretty much stuck with whoever was my main care provider at the time.

I found the people at Service Canada (E.I.), very helpful. The people in my work HR however, were a nightmare. Every single form submitted on my behalf from work, was incorrect, and it was me that had to backtrack and correct everything, while on chemo!!

My advice if you have to rely on others completing forms for you, is make copies and be vigilant. I was more stressed out from paperwork than I was about cancer!

I am returning to work next week, and am hoping this transition will be smoother than going off work…we’ll see!

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