1 in 12 Canadians live with either Hepatitis B or C. Each year, there are approximately 5,000 new cases of Hepatitis C infection and one-third of the Canadian population aren't even aware that they have the virus. Approximately 1,000 of those infected will die each year.
Hepatitis C is a silent killer for an infected person can do for 20 – 30 years asymptomatic. Current treatment guidelines are inconsistent with the Canadian Consensus Guidelines, which were last updated in 2007.
Hepatitis C is an epidemic that is being overlooked by the Government and other health care providers. This is something that we can eradicate, but will require the help of the government to see results.
We ask the BC Legislature to:
1. Review the Pharmacare decision eligibility criteria;
2. Provide consistency with the Canadian Consensus Guidelines for treatment;
3. Develop terms of reference for the HCV Review Committee so they are more transparent on who they are and how decisions are made.
The Revise Treatment Guidelines for Hepatitis C Patients petition to BC Government was written by Amanda Poch and is in the category Health at GoPetition.