Two men, different provinces, the same life-changing surgery, yet one has to pay out of pocket and the other is covered by the public health-care system in what some call Canada’s medical “postal code lottery.”
Peter Pawlik, a hearing-impaired Calgary man, is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won’t pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill.
It’s a trip they wouldn’t have to take and a cost they wouldn’t have to bear if their son lived in another province.
Full article at: CBC News