PharmaCare fight ends in win for B.C. amputees denied new limbs
2019-09-10 from cbc.ca
Kia Johnsen will soon be able to walk on two feet again, one real and one artificial.
She's finally won her battle to have the replacement of her worn-out artificial leg covered under B.C. health care —something denied to her and others who underwent ground-breaking surgery to have prosthetics attached directly to their bodies.
"It's even better than Christmas," said Johnsen, 46. "When I first got the call, I cried like a baby, actually sobbed."
But she still shakes her head at the absurdity of the situation.
While one section of the B.C. Health Ministry, the Medical Services Plan, had approved and funded the expensive surgery, another section, PharmaCare, refused to pay to maintain the recipients' prosthetics after the procedure.
The prolonged fight with PharmaCare — the Health Ministry program which assists British Columbians with medical supplies as well as prescriptions — has taken its toll.
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