This photo was taken on Dec 18th, 2013, 3 days after this woman was admitted to Victoria General Hospital. I am advised that she remained in a coma from Dec 16th to Dec 20th, 2013.
Shortly after arriving via ambulance she stopped breathing then her heart stopped. She was revived by CDR. She awoke on Dec 20th and remained in ICU until Dec 23rd.
She spent 22 days in Victoria General Hospital, costing approximately $56,000. That could have bought eight insulin pumps.
She is only one of many in BC who end up in hospital because our BC Healthcare does not cover insulin pumps for adults over 25 years of age.
Medical Ageism it seems begins at 25 in BC.
In this case her father was advocating for her and was fortunate that the Lions Club funded an insulin pump for her.
The needed insulin pumps are now supplied to patients up to 25 years of age but not after. This make absolutely no sense whatsoever at any level.
As a result of proper treatment in VGH and now that she has her own insulin pump her chances for a more normal life have been increased, but what about the other Type 1 Diabetics who must buy their own insulin pumps?
Their suffering is intolerable. Diabetics being denied needed supplies is negligence and could very well contribute to their poor health and even their death.
Forecasts see dramatic increases in diabetic cases ahead . This clearly demands reviewing and improving adequate responses in the public interest.
Diabetics often face other costs like Gravol that can run up to $300 per month, again not covered by BC Medical unless the person is in hospital.
This is not an isolated case and the cost to the health budget is obvious. Without question health costs are rising but in so many cases mismanagement contributes to poor health outcomes at a cost that is unnecessary.
BC does have an Ombudsman covering a wide range of issues including healthcare.
The Ombudsman’s office has issued damning reports on the practices and services available, especially to seniors, but little if anything is done.
It is my opinion we need a truly independent ombudsman and an independent auditor specifically for healthcare in British Columbia.