The treatment of all that want it may not be in OHIP's power to grant. If 80,000 Canadians had $1500 worth of procedure that would be $120M. More than ten times the amount the 'MS' Society wants for CCSVI research. It may be hard to prise that size of chunk off of Canada, Ontario, or any smaller jurisdiction. If one doesn't want to wait for that, paying one's own way may be the only option (except for humanitarian procedures, done where the individual has no income or reasonable expectation of one).
But that does not mean OHIP, or any group of doctors or hospitals should be unaware of it. It should be the standard first-line treatment for CCSVI, and GPs should know who can fix it. I would be very surprised if a seasoned GP did not already know the right surgeons.
If it is too expensive, I am all for private insurance, private medicine, two tiers, etc. When real treatments for cancer come along, as with any patentable thing, they will not be cheap, regardless if private or public. I hope we learn something from all this.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience