While Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne campaigns for federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and goes around claiming that Prime Minister Harper is not taking care of Ontarians, she and her Health Minister Eric Hoskins deny paying for life-saving surgery and care not available in Ontario.
Can you just imagine the reaction by the media if this refusal for health care services were done by a Conservative Government at any level in Canada?
Yet, Hoskins and his Ontario Health Ministry are able to give the run around to a sixteen year old girl from the Woodstock/Brantford area of Ontario. Caroline Smith is her name and she has a rare connective tissue-joint disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. (H/T Jack’s Newswatch)
Specifically, Health Ministry officials claim treatment and surgery could be done in Ontario. Yet, no physician has come forward to say he or she could do it. In fact, the only doctor to help her is London pediatrician Dr. Tony D’Souza — who has referred her to Dr. Fraser Hendersen, a Maryland surgeon who has done 2000 of the type of operation Smith requires.
Imagine having to live day to day never knowing when you can dislocate your wrist, knees or ankles or worse yet, your spine, just doing everyday activities. Yet, that is what Smith has to put up with, as well as the prejudice of Emergency Room doctors who don’t understand her symptoms and imply her problem is psychiatric.
Anyway, read the details at this link to an article by Jonathan Sher of the London Free Press. In that column, Sher explains how Smith is not the only young person the Ontario Health Ministry won’t help with this syndrome.
Basically, Smith is heading to Maryland on August 18th for surgery two days later to fuse her spine in order to help her avoid becoming a paraplegic.
So, the next time you hear or read that the Ontario Wynne Liberals are progressive and that she is not getting what she wants from the federal government under Stephen Harper, remember this example of how little Wynne’s own citizens are getting from HER government.
Remember also that Ontarians are getting less in spite of the fact that, in 2015/16, Wynne’s government will receive an extra $1.3 billion in equalization from the federal government, as well as an extra $735 million dollars more in health transfers.
Endnote from Shers column, here are two ways to help Smith:
(1) To contribute to her fundraising campaign — http://www.gofundme.com/caroline-smith
(2) To sign an online petition asking Ontario to pay for care out of province — that is not available in Ontario no matter the claim to the contrary: https://goo.gl/O3FAzL