I posted a reply yesterday, but the spooky GHoST seemed to wipe it out, so I'll try to remember what I said and repost.
First Newfoundland, Now Alberta is going to fund studies to review Canadians who are treated outside of Canada. Why don't they just fund Dr. Sandy MacDonald in his proposed randomized double blind controlled study of Canadians with MS by Canadian interventional radiologists, vascular surgeons and neurologists right here in Canada.
Has anyone done a study of how much it is costing the Canadian economy for Canadians getting treatment outside of the country? When people are spending $10,000-$25,000 for travel and treatment in U.S., Mexico and overseas, that's money that's not being spent in the Canadian economy.
Plus, Dr. MacDonald estimates the cost of treatment in Canada would be about $1500. When Canadians spend $10,000 to $25,000- elsewhere and claim it on their income tax, in many cases, the income tax credit will far exceed what it would cost the taxpayer to provide the treatment at home.
Why don't we just get on with doing it here?!? That's what the majority of Canadians (a whopping 82%!) believe should happen according to an independent Angus Reid poll last week.