With the Canadian health care system being accessible and free, many people are surprised by the financial burden a serious illness can create. There are many factors that can lead to financial stress after a diagnosis – time off work, travel expenses, need to modify home or vehicle etc. However, many times it is the actual treatment itself that can be the biggest burden.
With the evolution of medicine, treatment options have progressed and a lot of the new drugs and therapies are not covered by the public health care system, or traditional benefit plans. As a result, many Canadians find themselves in a position where they cannot afford the medicine or therapy they desperately need. It is an unfortunate reality but money still does impact the level of care you get in Canada’s health care system.