Health care is free in Canada; which is why I always say we get what we pay for… In my situation, I get almost nothing since I pay nothing.
Three years ago I had spine surgery – the Surgeon left me a quadriplegic until they called him at home for a 2nd operation. Recuperation was slow so I was sent for an MRI; MS was diagnosed by my Neurologist.
We had the initial meeting which he gave me brochures & websites to research; no drugs were approved or PPMS at that time. I was asked to wait more than a year until Ocrevus was approved – so I did… It was approved this year…
My Neurologist set up an MRI six months after our last appointment; I am impatient so went on the wait list – my MRI was five months ago; yet I waited & waited for my appointment. At our September 29 appointment he said the MS might be in remission so set up another MRI to check it out.
You guessed it – the MRI appointment is six months from now. Considering Ocrevus is not effective for those over 65 years old & I am past 62 – am I actually getting any benefit from my Neurologist appointments? Yes I know he gets big money from every appointment – how does that benefit me???
On a side note; I met the Surgeon last month. Was told that future surgery was too dangerous & the damage in my left arm was part of my life now. The good news is that I have great friends & family to face whatever challenges appear.
Should a Neurologist be part of my future?
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