That's right. The neurology profession in Canada, has decided that people who "have MS" are nothing but grease for the wheels of the vaunted Health Care System. I, along with many others of my generation, am getting to be old. Someday even the healthiest of us, will in all probability eventually depend on this great System.
If people don't stand up now (I know, some of us can't), for the right to be treated as equals before this behemoth System, won't the other members of our generation (call them "people without "MS") be at the same risk of being culled from society in some kind of eugenic medical Darwinism, because we represent no ready income, and only burden it?
My private health insurance ends when I reach 65. If some miraculous but expensive treatment for "MS" is found after that, if I am still around, it is bound to be too expensive for me to afford. I could only afford DMDs because I was well insured. My pharmacist would not believe the price of Rebif, when they saw it the first time.
I have written to, and visited, the various governments involved. I have demonstrated on Parliament Hill, and witnessed in speeches, what you can read in Hansard, the way we are treated by sitting governments. I believe the patients cannot do it by themselves. (I think by the way, that politicians can get a lot of support by visiting people in nursing homes.)
It has to come from the grassroots, the healthy as well as the sick, the young as well as the old. This country, I am afraid, is getting less democratic all the time, with its current crop of leaders. Some of the opposition are on our side. It's not enough. As long as there is active resistance from the medical profession and the "MS" Society, they will stop your venous insufficiency from being treated, if you have been "diagnosed" as having "MS", here in Canada.
"Try - Just A Little Bit Harder" - Janis Joplin
CCSVI procedure Albany Aug 2010
'MS' is over - if you want it
Patients sans/without patience
I am not a doctor. Do not take anything I say as medical advice.