Health Care Bingo in Saskatchewan
The government of Saskatchewan is choosing 86 patients with multiple sclerosis from a pool of more than 650 applicants hoping for a spot in a US clinical trial for the Liberation Treatment. Since its debut in 2009, many Canadian MS patients have travelled thousands of miles and paid thousands of dollars to access this treatment in the United States, Poland and Costa Rica.
What about those unlucky Saskatchewan patients whose numbers don’t get called? It’s more than luck preventing them from accessing the Liberation Treatment in their home province. It’s a health care system that gives politicians and health care bureaucrats the final say on which medical treatments patients can access.
Today it’s about medical treatment for multiple sclerosis patients. Tomorrow it could be about you and your medical treatment. What if the political spotlight doesn’t shine on your disease or condition? What if our politicians and health care bureaucrats don’t call your number?
Patients who don’t have time to play games with their health would be wise to push for a tax refund so that they can spend their own money on their own health care within their own province.