Mar 11, 2010
I just read an Canadian news article posted on HCV Advocate that saddened and angered me a bit.
When I read what some people were doing in Canada in order to qualify for HCV TX, I was really saddened that this is happening. I noted that in the Canadian system, those without evidence of liver damage from the disease are not allowed access to treatment for hepatitis C. Certainly this should not apply to genotype 2 & 3 patients, who have excellent odds of being cured by treatment and not being exposed to the risk of advanced disease and HCC. I am not certain, but I am led to believe the rule applies to all HCV sufferes.
I also noted that those who failed a previous treatment (like me), would not be allowed another chance at treatment in Canada. I could not help but think of the many folks here on this forum who have failed HCV treatments and would be left to face the prospect of hoping for a liver transplant as they sink into ESLD. I was more than a little saddened. It does not make sense from an ethical or economical point of view.
What made me angry is the realization that this kind of bureaucratic torpor is intrinsic in most any government-run program. What is more is that it is being forced on the citizens by a group of people (Congress) that would exempt themselves from the requirements that they would impose on the rest of us. These are requirements that can literally be the difference between life and death.
At least that is my perception, and it is also what I fear in regard to the prospect of socialized medicine being forced on the U.S. public.