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Toronto Sun: Canadian Health System Trying to Kill and Bankrupt Brain Cancer Victim

Posted by iusbvision on March 15, 2010

You wonder why I oppose nationalized health care, well first of all I can tell you from experience that VA hospitals are second-rate. This story reminds us of one thing, in a government-run health care system who says NO? The answer is the payer does, which means the bureaucrats who write the checks, not you. The story you are about to read should infuriate you. Evil is the only word that fits.

Toronto Sun:

Sick man faces bankruptcy — or death

Cancer patient must pay for drug needed to keep him alive

By MARK BONOKOSKI, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: March 6, 2010 9:12pm

Kent Pankow lives in Edmonton, in a province and a country that is trying to either kill him or bankrupt him.

No sense mincing words.

Suffering from brain cancer, Kent Pankow was literally forced to go to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. for lifesaving surgery — at a cost to family and friends of $106,000 — after the health-care system in Alberta left him hanging in bureaucratic limbo for 16 crucial days, his tumour meanwhile migrating to an unreachable part of the brain, while it dithered over his case file, ultimately deciding he was not surgery worthy.

Now, with the Mayo Clinic having done what the Alberta Cancer Board wouldn’t authorize or even explain, but with the tumour unable to be totally removed, the province will now not fund the expensive drug, Avastin, that the Mayo prescribed to keep him alive and keep the remaining tumour from increasing in size — despite the costs of the drug being totally funded by the province for other forms of cancer.

Kent Pankow, as it turns out, has the right disease but he has it in the wrong place.

Had he lung cancer, breast cancer, or colon cancer, then the cost of the drug — $4,555 per treatment, two times a month — would be totally covered by Alberta’s version of OHIP.

But he doesn’t.

And so he is not only a victim of brain cancer, he is also a victim of arbitrary discrimination.

One Response to “Toronto Sun: Canadian Health System Trying to Kill and Bankrupt Brain Cancer Victim”

  1. Wesley said

    This one I know I’m right.

    I guarantee you there is no one on earth who is ‘evil’ and wants to ‘discriminate’ against one form of cancer over another any more than insurance companies do every day. It’s costs, and if you don’t qualify under an insurance company regulation, you don’t get care.

    I have never heard the word ‘evil’ being used to describe that from a republican. Nor as an excuse to dismantle private healthcare.

    Isn’t the relevant point here that in any other country, not only would you not get care for THIS cancer (without enough publicity to bleed some hearts), but more importanly you WOULD get care (Had he lung cancer, breast cancer, or colon cancer, then the cost of the drug — $4,555 per treatment, two times a month — would be totally covered by Alberta’s version of OHIP.).

    Plenty of insurance companies will have regulations and loopholes and recission that mean they don’t have to cover that, and overall LESS DIE IN CANADA. Except here, we actually expect our government not to do these things. Denying that the government should be expected of anything is exactly this country’s ideology.

    [Actually by percentage ort just raw numbers Medicare turns down mnore claims than any insurance company. The bad faith laws in most of the 50 states are pretty strong and effective so for most people the insurance companies will try to delay payment for 3 or 4 months, but will pay because any longer delay means another chance at raising a state insurance commissioner’s ire. I obtained a life and health insrance license and took all those law classes to get the license to helk me know the system because I have a special needs child. With all due respect, I have forgotten more on this subject than you are likely to ever know – Editor]

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