C-442 An Act respecting a National Lyme Disease Strategy

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Summary

This enactment requires the Minister of Health to convene a conference with the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health and with representatives of the medical community and patients’ groups for the purpose of developing a national strategy to address the challenges of the recognition and timely diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. It also authorizes the Minister of Finance to establish guidelines in respect of the allocation of funding to provincial and territorial governments that have enacted legislation to implement that strategy.

Preamble

Whereas Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is spread to humans and animals through the bite of certain types of ticks and that can have serious consequences if left untreated, including recurring attacks of arthritis and neurological problems;

Whereas the risk of exposure to Lyme disease is highest in parts of southern and southeastern Quebec, southern and eastern Ontario, southeastern Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and much of southern British Columbia;

Whereas numerous peer-reviewed scientific studies have warned that a warming climate will expand the geographic range of Lyme disease-carrying ticks further into Canada, including a 2012 paper by Leighton et al., which states that over 80% of the population in Eastern and Central Canada could be living in areas at risk of Lyme disease by 2020;

Whereas, since 2009, Lyme disease has been a nationally reportable disease in Canada and all medical professionals must report cases of Lyme disease to their provincial public health authority, which in turn provides the data to the Public Health Agency of Canada;

Whereas Canadians will benefit from the establishment of a national standard of care for the treatment of Lyme disease, a coordinated national effort to track the spread of the disease, and increased public education and awareness to better prevent and detect instances of Lyme disease in Canada;

Whereas recent research further demonstrates the persistence of Borrelia spirochetes after antibiotic treatment that follows the guidelines used in Canada (Embers et al., 2012) and indicates that current serology does not adequately describe the diversity of Borrelia bacteria existing in Canada and that the general understanding of, and practices for dealing with, Lyme disease are no longer sufficient or in line with emerging evidence of how the disease operates (Ogden et al., 2011);

Whereas the current guidelines in Canada are based on those in the United States and are so restrictive as to severely limit the diagnosis of acute Lyme disease and deny the existence of continuing infection, thus abandoning sick people with a treatable illness;

And whereas the 2010 report prepared for the Provincial Health Services Authority of British Columbia entitled Chronic Lyme Disease in British Columbia, A Review of Strategic and Policy Issues concluded that current diagnostic testing for Lyme disease is inadequate and advocated placing the highest priority on the development of reliable diagnostic testing for the disease and on educating physicians so they can recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease and treat patients in a manner that is medically appropriate, including treatment with antibiotics as justified;

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

1. This Act may be cited as the National Lyme Disease Strategy Act.

Interpretation

Definitions

2. The following definitions apply in this Act.

“Minister” means the Minister of Health.

“national strategy” means a national strategy to address the challenges of the recognition and timely diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

“provincial and territorial ministers” means the provincial and territorial ministers responsible for health.

National Lyme Disease Strategy

Conference

3. The Minister must, within six months after this Act comes into force, convene a conference with the provincial and territorial ministers and stakeholders, including representatives of the medical community and patients’ groups, for the purpose of developing a comprehensive national strategy that includes

(a) the establishment of a national medical surveillance program to use data collected by the Public Health Agency of Canada to properly track incidence rates and the associated economic costs of Lyme disease;

(b) the establishment of guidelines regarding the prevention, identification, treatment and management of Lyme disease, including a recommended national standard of care that reflects current best practices for the treatment of Lyme disease; and

(c) the creation and distribution of standard-ized educational materials related to Lyme disease, for use by any public health care provider within Canada, designed to increase national awareness about the disease and enhance its prevention, identification, treatment and management.

Preparation and publication of report

4. The Minister must prepare a report that sets out the national strategy and publish the report on the departmental website within one year after the conclusion of the conference referred to in section 3.

Report to Parliament

5. The Minister must cause a copy of the report referred to in section 4 to be laid before each House of Parliament on any of the first 90 days on which that House is sitting after the report has been published on the departmental website.

Provincial and territorial funding

6. The Minister of Finance may, on the advice of the Minister, establish guidelines regarding the allocation of funding, for the purpose of implementing the national strategy, to provincial and territorial governments that have enacted legislation to implement that strategy and have met the criteria prescribed by regulation.

Review and Report

7. The Government of Canada must

(a) complete a review of the effectiveness of the national strategy no later than five years after the day on which the report referred to in section 4 is published on the departmental website; and

(b) table a report on its findings before each House of Parliament within the next ten sitting days after the review is completed.

Regulations

8. The Governor in Council may make regulations for carrying out the purposes and provisions of this Act.

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  • Sue Hutchins

    This is an extremely important bill that deserves to be passed. Lyme Disease is serious, and it is everywhere.

  • whirledgirl

    Thanks again, Elizabeth. I know a young girl suffering from this. It has ruined her life, and the financial health of her family that must take her to the US for treatment.

  • Brian Sanderson

    There was an effective vaccine on the market back in the late 1990′s. Unscientific media-hyped hysteria killed the market for that vaccine.
    http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/articles/history-lyme-disease-vaccine
    A “National Lyme Disease Strategy” is just another way of saying what we already have — and it ain’t working, not for Lyme disease or for many other diseases — so many of us have to travel to other countries in order to get treated. Perhaps you mean to say that we need a better strategy? In order to find better strategies, what we need is the freedom to go outside the boxes that governmental standardization always tries to squeeze everybody into.

    • chris powell

      We currently have no strategy to deal with the fastest growing infectious disease in North America.
      We have extremely poor physician awareness & education. Gov’t bodies like the BC Centre for Disease Control continue to say the ‘tests are highly sensitive’ even in the face of published studies stating tests are about as accurate as a coin toss. The BC CDC’s own survey of physicians in 2008 reported that 6 out of 10 doctors did NOT know that the bulls-eye rash is diagnostic of Lyme and immediate treatment is indicated! The significance of that survey data means you have a lot of sick, untreated people that miss an initial opportunity to be treated and end up in dire medical trouble.
      Yes, we do need a better way of handling Lyme disease in this country. So does the United States. This bill is the beginning of a process, an important first step. I believe i speak with some knowledge on this subject. As the mother of a daughter who has struggled with this disease and 2 co-infections since 2008 with no help from the Canadian medical establishment, the lack of any treatment and the absurd lack of knowledge and misinformation is appalling. Something has to change and I believe Elizabeth’s bill is a first step.

      • Brian Sanderson

        My fear about “national strategies” is that they become proscriptive. And it is the proscriptive nature of our healthcare system that limits what patients and doctors can do to be strictly within “evidence based medicine”. This is fine in the sense that it prevents the risk of an unproven treatment that does not work. But on the flip side, it also prevents unproven treatments that do work!

        The problem is deep within the assumptions of the whole healthcare system. Doctors and patients are forced to tread a very narrow path.

      • Sue McD

        I agree. My doctor never reported my Lyme disease diagnose to the health board. He did tell me and so did his replacement…that He did not have treating Lyme in his training. I received treatment from a different source that is Lyme literate and has helped many of us recover from the many symptoms. The many misdiagnosis from the medical community is shameful. Co-Infections and their names only got me strange looks from people and the medical community. Unfortunately, we have become our own health provider. Educating ourselves about Lyme because or medical community and the health authority for the provinces and Canada are misinforming the people.

  • Anam Cara

    Thank you SO MUCH for your work on this. Comprehensive and holistic health care is required for those many people who suffer with this life-debilitating disease. I hope all parties support your efforts.

  • S. McKay

    I agree this is a serious and growing problem. I know a local woman whose case went undiagnosed for more than a year and who has suffered greatly and had to seek treatment in the U.S.
    My husband and I do a fair bit of hiking in southern Ontario and are conscious of checking for ticks after we’ve been out in areas where infected ticks may be present. But, we see many people in these areas who appear unaware of the risks. We and our fellow hikers have found ticks on several occasions and we have friends who have visited their doctors after tick encounters–their doctors have not always been concerned. So, we need more public education, more research and certainly more proactivity in our health care system to respond to potential infections.
    Thank you for drawing attention to this issue and, hopefully getting the ball rolling for action on Lyme Disease.
    S. McKay
    Stratford, ON

  • Jim Bridgeman

    I think that the bill’s preamble should include a statement of the current economic impact of lime disease, the predicted impact as the prevalence of lime disease increases, and the potential economic benefits of C-442.

  • Pamela

    In Sweden, where Lyme’s disease is a big problem, there is a vaccination program. Two members of my family who have spent time in Sweden have been vaccinated. Why make vaccination available in Canada too?

  • Pamela

    Typo from Pamela.
    Message should read, “Why NOT make vaccination available in Canada too?”
    Apologies

    • Dr. Elize St. Charles, Ph.D.

      Vaccinations were tried in the US and resulted in active Lyme disease in so many people that it was discontinued. Vaccinations are NOT a good idea! The spirochete’s various life stages do not make that a likely possibility!

    • Kate

      I believe the vaccination in the US was not overly effective so resurrection that idea would not cause the problem.

  • Elize St Charles

    As someone who formerly suffered from Lyme Disease that I acquired as a child in Nova Scotia, I can attest to the fact that treatment needs to be comprehensive and inclusive. What is going on the the US (I live in California now) is not the model anyone would want to emulate. Lyme sufferers routinely go undiagnosed and mistreated here. Doctors and practitioners are harassed and stymied by authorities seeking to limit treatment to pharmaceuticals. The only treatment standard medicine has doesn’t work for chronic Lyme and doesn’t even work for acute Lyme in many cases. I healed myself (I was CDC positive!) after 37+ years by changing my internal environment and making it inhospitable to virulent pathogens. Curing Lyme Disease takes a whole new perspective on health. I hope that Canadians will approach this disease less dogmatically and with compassion for the immense physical, mental and financial suffering Lyme disease causes the individual, the family, the community and society at large.

    • Kath

      It would be wonderful if you could give some kind of guideline as to what worked so well for you. Do you mean changing your body PH?

  • George A

    I know the pain and long road people have been going through first hand! The pschological pain of not knowing what is wrong with you is just as worse than the physical pain. Through my own perseverence I was able to find the help that I needed; and in Canada!! If I was diagnosed and treated early enough, the cost to myself and the ENTIRE health care system would be a fraction of what it did!! Lets get our citizens that are suffering “in the shadows” out into the open. Not only can we help people get their lives back but by having a Lyme Strategy it will eventually cost the Health Care System a fraction by NOT treating the symptoms over years but by treating the cause!!

    • Kath

      I’m wondering how you were diagnosed? Was a blood test done in Canada? Did your medical doctor diagnose you?

      • Elize St Charles

        Kath,

        There were so many things I changed. I am a specialist in returning the body to homeostasis – balance. It is not just about killing the microbes!
        Doc Elize

      • Sue McD

        unfortunately the blood test in Canada is flawed. this has been known for years.

  • Kiita Plaskos

    I had Lyme and spent a week at the hospital. I was terribly sick. I got treated on time and I am now symptom free.

    • Kath

      If you are okay with saying, how soon did your treatment begin, and how was the Lyme disease diagnosed?

  • Brenda Hoskin

    An important health step in the right direction.

  • Caroline Stengl

    Thank you Elizabeth. This bill is VERY important. It is so unfair the way Lyme disease patients are dismissed and left to suffer here in Canada. Lyme disease ruins lives, families, careers, and it is TREATABLE!

  • Kath

    Thanks so very much Elizabeth. This is such an important issue. I really appreciate all the work you do!

  • chris powell

    Thank you on behalf of people all across Canada for Introducing bill C-442. The timelines & accountability are excellent tools.
    Every Canadian is potentially at risk for contracting Lyme Disease and this strategy development is absolutely necessary for protecting EVERY Canadian. No Canadian should have to go through the torture that my daughter has experienced at the hands of ignorance. All it would have taken was a doctor with an open mind & proper educational information that is available to clinically diagnose Lyme Disease and treat effectively. Sadly, that does not exist in Canada at the moment. That is why Canadians need a National Strategy.

  • maureen landry

    David Suzuki’s The Nature of Things is an indictment of the failure of our health care system to provide universal access to effective diagnosis and treatment for people suffering from Lyme and co-infections. Patients MUST be part of a national health strategy, especially those of us who have experienced improved health by best practices in the USA. We need new standards of care and the battle will not be easy. Patients and their experiences must drive this standard because as soon as our political representatives turn to doctors and other existing health system ‘experts’ all we will get is the status quo. Miss May…the people’s representatives must learn what is needed from those of us who are dealing with an unresponsive and dismissive health care system. If we keep letting the docs hijack the agenda we will keep ending up with what we already have. Surely the BC clinic is a lesson in point. The national strategy must be driven by the people affected in consultation with other stakeholders and not the other way round. I have been asking for a meeting on this health policy issue with my MP, Royal Galipeau (C Ottawa Orleans), Joy Smith, Chair of the Parliamentary health committee and Libbey Davies, MP and no one will even reply to my request to meet. We are condemned by silence. I write the Ontario Premier, the Ontario Health Minister and the Ontario Ombudsman. But I will write again this week, and next, and the one after that on behalf of the dozens of people who contact me through my internet website and whom I refer to the USA for diagnosis and treatment. It’s basically an underground railroad for medical refugees and I will not stop until this travesty of our failed health care system is corrected.

  • Riki

    Thank you, Elizabeth. Isn’t it incredible that this severe and common illness is practically ignored in Canada. I suggest adding something about economic impact into your preamble as $$ values are taken into consideration over anything else these days. Might help get it passed. Best regards, Riki

  • Mary Munroe

    I am acutely aware of Lyme disease in our area as my ponies and horses have for the past 4 years been plagued by these ticks. Before that time I never saw a tick on any off my pets or equine friends. Many acquaintances have been bitten by ticks. Some have developed symptoms and others have been treated immediately with antibiotics after finding a tick on them. It has become so common here that all ticks are assumed to be Lyme carriers. As I have not to date been bitten I am assuming that the precautions that I take to keep ticks from getting on me are working. Covering up with long sleeves, pants and boots while out in the pastures/woodlot. The presence of Lyme infected ticks should be a matter of public posting like used for bear, cougars, hazardous plants, etc.. The matter of effective prevention and treatment can no longer be left on the back burner. This is indeed a pressing heath issue for both humans and animals.

    • Darren Baker

      May I ask what area you live in Mary?

  • Cher

    We need to be proactive with Lyme Disease….if recognized, it can be treated quite successfully…we have to make sure that the government is actually working FOR the people and not big business.
    My son is very ill with Lyme and he was not diagnosed on time due to the ignorance that seems to be associated with Lyme Disease.
    We as the people need to speak up and make our voices heard. We are the voters and the government needs to make sure the voters feel secure that our needs are being taken care of and right now that is not the case so something has to change….lets start with Lyme Disease!!
    Cher

  • Kate

    This bill is a very important first step to addressing this growing problem. Two of my children have been infected with Lyme, and I can say first hand that the response from the medical community is completely lacking. What is not addressed at all in this bill, however, are the effects of the co-infections that very often accompany Lyme disease. If you are going to begin a conversation about how to effectively treat Lyme, you must also talk about effective treatment for the erhlichia, bartonella, babesia and others. Those who have suffered with Lyme know that just because you get rid of the spyrochete, doesn’t mean you are ultimately cured.

    Thank you, for beginning this conversation!

  • Sue Clinton

    I just returned from a conference this weekend and learned that Teasel root helps minimize the effects of Lyme disease. There is so much to learn about this disease including natural ways of prevention and treatment. Also, Lyme is not only spread by deer ticks, but by mosquitos as well. We need to pressure our “healthcare” system to do just what that name implies: promote the health of our citizens through education and programs that truly benefit us, and that includes Lyme disease!

    • Sue McD

      There are so many ways that the bacteria is spread. Has anyone received blood lately? Babesia bacteria can be found in the blood supply but not by our Canadian tests. Think of how many people have given and received blood. Also the migrating birds that bring in the ticks. Thes are as close as our back/front yards. Every spring we look forward to seeing the red breasted robin. It will certainly be a good thing if the medical community also realized that Naturopathic treatments are needed in treating Lyme.

    • J Gaglani

      Sorry I hate to be the one, but from the comments it seems as if there are a lot of gaps in the statistical records such as cases that were not identified and how many people had bites but did not develop the disease and so on.
      Making a course of treatment mandatory might be effectively muzzling doctors from expressing their professional opinions as it is.

      The effectiveness of treatment with antibiotics or other methods including the bodies own immune response needs to be better understood.
      Legislation may be premature unless doctors can feel confident that the evidence is there.

      I am also concerned that when the deer are blamed they often decide to cull them. I am not sure if the tick responsible lives on dogs and other animals but I think some caution is needed unless there is conclusive research.

  • Hayley Henderson

    My niece was afflicted with Lyme disease. I hope this bill is passed.

  • Anna F

    The few doctors who are willing to try and treat this dreadful disease need to be protected from harassment by the medical boards.

  • Sherri

    This has been a huge problem across Canada! I congratulate and applaud MP Elizabeth May for acknowledging the serious issues which surround those impacted by Lyme Disease, and putting her efforts to do something about it! Illnesses like Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia also share the same symptomatology and can bring about devastating implications of chronic health challenges; life and career restrictions, financial ruin, family break up and suicide. Recognition, support, and funding to BC’s Complex Chronic Disease Clinic at Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, is a wonderful first step for Patient Diagnosis and Treatment…..but there is always more that can be done!

    • Sue McD

      The women’s Hospital in Vancouver isn’t much help for people with Lyme Disease when their treatment is Exercise Pacing, Mindful Meditation and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Those treatments are no where near treating the bacteria. They also follow the old guidelines that we are trying to get replaced as well as getting rid of that Elisa test that continues to give negative results. Which is why people get their blood sent to a reliable lab in the States that knows what their doing. Don’t bother with the Women’s Hospital…it is a complete and utter failure and a sad disappointment for people with Lyme. read the report from canlyme.com http://canlyme.com/2013/08/28/canadian-lyme-disease-foundation-withdraws-endorsement-of-the-complex-chronic-disease-program-at-the-bc-womens-hospital/

  • Dd

    I had no idea, just how serious this disease is. Thanks for the education and you have my support.

    • Sue McD

      Excellent reason why we need public education as outlined in Bill C-442

  • Doris Power

    Lyme Disease almost killed my daughter and has ruined her life and that of her spouse. The Canadian medical profession must become more educated regarding this disease so that Canadians aren’t forced to search for Drs. south of the border where their health needs require them to travel and to spend money they often do not have. Lyme Disease can be correctly diagnosed and treated properly but too often goes undiagnosed or misdiagnosed … and patients can even be considered mentally ill by a system that refuses to even realize we have Lyme Disease in Canada and that allowing chronic Lyme to develop creates unemployment and takes years to treat!!

  • DJ

    Long Term treatment for Lyme Disease that persists after initial treatment with antibiotics is being ignored because of the guidelines that exist in the United States and that are also followed in Canada where only short term treatment is recommended. This saves the United States and Canadian medical system a lot of money. It is time to recognize that Chronic Lyme Disease, that is long term Lyme disease is destroying and ending lives.

  • Ruth Cunningham

    We should all support this Bill, since the suffering from Lyme Disease is a life-threat to any of us!

  • Angie

    Let’s get moving and help these people who suffer the symptoms of this horrible disease. I know it exists and I have seen the results of a tick bite which infected a friend of mine and turned her from a healthy productive happy-go-lucky woman into one who can no longer work or live a normal day to day life because of the seriously debilitating symptoms of this disease. Let’s see the medical community start working towards a cure. Stop the political and financial stalling on this issue. People are suffering and the cost to help them is too much for families to bear.

  • Deborah Kearney

    This bill is crucial for the well-being of thousands of Canadians who suffer from Chronic Lyme Disease and other related tick-borne diseases. As someone who has lived with the debilitating effects of CLD for the past 3 years, I find it appalling that I have to be treated in the United States at my own expense, especially when I live in a country so proud of its universal healthcare system. Equally distressing is the inconsistent access to treatment for those with acute Lyme. But, I am one of the lucky ones, with the financial means and the support of my family – there are countless others out there who don’t. Misinformation about Lyme is rampant – thank you from the bottom of my heart for beginning this conversation with those who hold the key to a healthier future.

  • JZT

    The different ways that this disease can show itself in individuals needs to be emphasized as well. I am 99.9% sure I have Lyme Disease and my doctor refuses to acknowledge it because the blood test came back negative which is very common with this disease.

    • Darren Baker

      You need to send your blood samples to IGeneX Inc lab in California, they specialize in tick born ailments. After I got a positive test from IGenex, and a lyme diagnosis from a specialist in Seattle, the CDC here in BC wanted me to take their test. So I did, … it came back negative of cause!

  • Marianne

    Je suis tombée très malade il y a de cela 19 ans aujourd’hui après avoir participé à un entrainement militaire sur la base de Gagetown au Nouveau-Brunswick. Je crois aujourd’hui que cette maladie dont je souffre toujours après 19 ans de questionnements restés sans réponse et de tant de souffrance est la maladie de Lyme. J’ai pris un rendez-vous avec une spécialiste aux États-Unis et j’espère de tout cœur trouver là-bas une réponse à toute cette souffrance.

  • http://qhalove.com doug perry

    Lyme disease can be treated in a cost
    effective manner with Rife Technology. For many years I have worked
    in complimentary healthcare, Graduating as a Doctor or Traditional
    Chinese Medicine in 1999 I have worked with many client who could not
    find results with our Canadian medical system and have looked to
    various alternative therapies. Also I have explored many various
    complimentary health modalities and networked with practitioners who
    work with them. I have heard many stories of good results with Rife
    technologies treating people with Lyme Disease. Rife is a tried and
    true technology that has proven success full for many viral,
    bacterial, and parasites including the parasitic spirochetes which
    cause Lyme disease. Lyme disease which is also known as borreliosis
    is caused by spirochetes that are introduced to humans from tick
    bites. It is also sometimes called rocky mountain spotted fever. The
    bites are often not notice of neglected as they look much like a
    mosquito bite except that they get a slightly red ring around them
    for a day or two. Rife Frequency technology is an effective therapy
    to treat the disease. Rife technology has been in uses for over 100
    years, it is safe to use for anyone. Rife technology is relatively
    inexpensive and readily available.

    A reasonable solution to the increase
    of people being inflicted by Limes and other rare infectious diseases
    is to allow medical professionals to use this time proven technology
    in their existing medical practices.

    Yours in light, Doug Perry

  • Darren Baker

    Thank you Elizabeth May, I’m waiting for a phone call right now from my MP Ron Cannan to discuss this issue. I was diagnosed with CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) in 2002 by an infectious disease specialist here in BC. In 2007 I saw another infectious disease specialist; when I asked him for tests for some of the infectious agents that have been linked to CFS, his response was “we can not pin it to anything specific so we will not test for anything”. They just write you off! Neither of these specialist (or any of the many others that I have seen over the years) mentioned lyme. If lyme wasn’t on their radar in 2002 it dam well should have been in 2007. Finally in 2010 I did my own research, send my blood to California to be tested by a lab that specializes in tick born ailments and then traveled to see a specialist in Seattle to get a proper diagnosis. His diagnosis, CFS caused by lyme. He told my that 30% of the people that make their way to see him, with a former diagnosis of CFS or FM (fibromyalgia), end up having lyme as the cause. That means approximately 210,000 Canadians have been misdiagnosed and written off just like I was! You want to talk about a drain on our medical system and our social assistance systems when we could have been cured with a few weeks of antibiotic if diagnosed and treated properly at the beginning. Not to mention the economic loss to our society due to lack of productivity from all of us (I have not been able to work since 2002) and the lifetime of misery this illness has caused us all.

  • Lymezoner

    Without proper testing there is no Lyme Disease and Coinfection Epidemic. We must count Clinical Diagnosis, (few doctors know how how to clinically diagnose Ifectious Disease or otherwise. Igenx Positives, (Igenx is a reputable lab in the US where Lyme and Coinfection blood tests are done. Many Canadian’s have chosen to use this lab for help with diagnosis) and dump the 70% false negative Elisa test, as it is not reflecting accurate results.

  • Bob Crosby

    Please consider mentioning to the naysayers that my wife (in Victoria) was only able to start being treated for Lyme after we discovered a doctor in Vancouver who would treat her. But he was obliged to deregister with MSP in order to have more flexibility in his treatment options. The result is that we had to pay for our trip to Vancouver as well as over $500 for an hour of his time and similar rates for follow-ups. This is not covered by MSP, nor by my extended benefits plan. Others find it necessary to visit doctors in the U.S. at great expense as there are so few doctors around here that know how to diagnose and treat Lyme disease.

  • kathryn Maroun

    The key thing
    that I wanted for Canadian’s to hear in the radio show that I did with you today is that according to Dr.Robbin
    Lindsay from the Canadian Health Dept….only 258 cases of lyme occurred
    in 2011.(likely in one province) The Centre For Disease Controle in the
    USA reported over 300thousand cases of lyme last year(and many more
    were not recorded)….well those ticks must be smarter than we think
    since they don’t walk across an imaginary border to bite Canadians. Call
    to action Canada……WE ARE SICK WITH VECTOR BORN ILLNESSES.
    a few seconds ago

  • Tricia

    We are a family with 3 generations of Lyme patients. I nearly lost my first child to Lyme. It wasn’t until my second child was diagnosed that our doctor pieced together that both of my kids got their infections congenitally. Thank you so much for your hard work on this, Elizabeth, and thank you too, to all of the people who have helped push this through. I’m praying for the day when other families don’t have to go through what we are.

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