To My Health Minister:
Having had MS for many years, there is a an MS statistic which I really have to consider. The mortality rate translates to life expectancy. For MS, it is shorter than the surrounding population. Why? I think this fact has been deliberately under-reported to cover it up. Maybe I'm just paranoid. The fact remains, although with my heart disease I may die of a cardiac arrest, if I don't, MS will be my early executioner. I am concerned that my heart disease will combine with reflux and strictures in my neck, in a deadly way. I have already had one heart attack, last Spring. They put in stents.
I think if I have enemies, they are just waiting for me to die, and stop bothering them. Not if I can help it. I am 56. If I would be, for non-MS reasons, due to pass away at 66, then I am living on borrowed time now because of my MS. My maternal grandfather died at 50. My maternal grandmother died at 67. MS kills. It's an emergency. If I can't get treated on a first-come, first-served basis, or a randomly selected basis from a list that includes every Canadian with MS, regardless of age or disability (since we don't discriminate against the old or disabled) I believe I have a moral duty to myself, my wife, and my kids, to use any means at my disposal. If that means trying to jump a scientific testing queue which may take more years, and get what may end up being only a standard endovascular balloon venoplasty, so be it. I can't wait, more than they can't wait.
Will the Canadian health care system work for me, or should I go to a wealthy Arab nation like Jordan or Kuwait, or try my luck in Poland, India, Australia, or one of the other civilized nations where this operation is not being blocked by special interests? Or does your government prefer queue-jumpers? I can do that too, if I have to.