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December 7, 2018

Universal Pharmacare in the Age of Trump

80 mg 
8 years

Rachel Blaney
908 Island Highway
Campbell River, BC
rachel.blaney@parl.gc.ca

Member of Parliament
North Island—Powell River
Deputy Whip – Critic for Seniors

RE : Universal Pharmacare in the Age of Trump

Ms. Blarney

The Harvard Medical School recently reported that the third leading cause of death are avoidable medical errors.   Medication errors are considered the most common type of medical error and were my personal Waterloo.

The Medical Monoculture Problem

In 2006 after I had a heart attack, I found a new doctor.  A young bright recently trained French Canadian woman who today is the most popular doctor in Campbell River. 

At the time I avoided medications in general and was not comfortable with her limited experience as my single source of information so I spoke with other doctors about statins including the second most popular doctor in Campbell River : my wife’s.

He told me, as did others, that I would need to be on statins for the rest of my life and spoke of medical research confirming the benefits of taking the medication given my condition.  This spring I was told that I have minimal disease in my heart.  There was no mention of risk that I can recall in any of these conversations.  There was a failure to provide informed consent.  With statins this is important :

Most drugs, if they are going to affect you adversely, you can tell it within a day.   You swallow a pill and 30 minutes later you throw up, have diarrhea or have a rash.  Then you know not to take it again.  Statins are insidious because their side effects begin very gradually over a period of months or years.
— Dr.  Peter Langsjoen, Cardiologist

As my health declined requiring treatment from a host of experts no one suggested that statins might be contributing to my problems.   Six weeks after I stopped taking statins, I began to recover.

With this much ignorance there must be a pony somewhere

Icarus Flyby

Executive Summary

The problem with statins is not that hard to understand it’s not rocket science!

All the Science I don’t Understand

I have been down the rabbit hole of Regulatory Control, Publication Bias, Bad Science and Medical Research and eventually came to the conclusion that statins are placebos for doctors. 

I’m not Judge Judy or Jimmy Cricket but I know one thing for sure : I need better healthcare than this!

Disputations of the Benefits of Lipitor@Pfizer

Influential Practitioner,  Not a Doctor.  Was not taking Lipitor.

Medication errors are the most preventable medical error.

Ignorance is a choice

I would ask that you consider posing the following questions to the Canadian Minister of Health :

on the issue of
avoidable medical errors

  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who die in Canada each day as a result of avoidable medical errors?
  • Is the  Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who experience significant adverse side effects from medications?
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to report the number of people who survive medical errors in Canada with diminished quality of life?

on the issue of
universal pharmacare

  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the increase in the number of people who will experience significant adverse side effects from medications with the movement to Universal PharmaCare
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the increase in costs related to avoidable medical errors to the Canadian Health Care System associated with
    with the movement to Universal PharmaCare 
  • Is the Minister of Health Canada able to project the  personal financial cost to Canadian families from avoidable medical errors and the adverse effects from prescribed medications associated with
    with the movement to Universal PharmaCare 

What is the Ministers plan to deal with the third leading cause of death in Canada?

In the Age of Information Ignorance is a Choice.  This is a problem that I know can fixed but in order to do so we must, as Canadians understand the extent and cost of avoidable medical errors and ignorance.

Thank you for any assistance you may be able to offer in forwarding my concerns

Icarus Flyby

every 17 minutes a Canadian dies from an avoidable medical error….

every 17 minutes!

www.theTotalPane.ca @ 2018

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