Category Archives: Ontario Ombudsman

I’m one of the 12%!

Should I be celebrating?┬áCIHI (the Canadian Institute for Health Information) released a report on spending on prescription drugs in Canada* (PDF) today. The summary page of the report is pretty clear: The majority of public drug spending is for a … Continue reading

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Stupid cost-cutting strategies harm patients

The Exceptional Access Program (EAP) provides a valuable service to Ontarians on expensive life-saving medications, such as biologic drugs. Unfortunately, cost-cutting is a fact of life these days, and, of course, as a taxpayer and a (temporarily) unemployed person, I … Continue reading

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I’m not the only one!

Here’s an example of a different patient in exactly the same situation as me, who got the Ontario Ombudsman to override the EAP’s insistence that he get off steroids, against the medical advice of his doctor! Good for him, but … Continue reading

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I fear the taper

Fast forward more than a decade from the “good times” with the old fridge. . . Why blog? I’m a pretty private person — I’m not even on Facebook, I don’t have a Twitter account, etc. and, maybe even worse, … Continue reading

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