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  • Judith Mercer
    March 25, 2013 - 13:28

    Harvey: Ontario does cover laser for acne rosacea. Alberta allows dr's discsretion to determine if laser for rosacea is for medical or cosmetic reasons. Dr. Fleming, NL told me laser is not covered for acne rosacea but is covered only if the face is ulcerated and bleeding which means patients must let their rosacea get out of control to point of bleeding and ulceration before their laser will be considered for coverage. Our govt is not clearlly defining 'medically necessary' either in its public broadcasts. NL has highest rosacea stats in all North America but I presume Govt is not considering this in their decision. Govt says it wants to come on par with rest of Canada, hence the cuts. If that is the case, how about they get us a PET SCANNER for the Health Sciences Centre - few years ago it was rumored to be considered but that idea faded. Cost 2 million dollars. Note: rest of Canada has a PET SCANNER in every province. When are we getting one? Let's be fair if we are talking 'coming on par'. (Pet Scanner is specialized diagnostic equipment that shows disease, cancer at early stages, cellular level, great for early detection. Read front page news of The Telegram, March 25 edition. See my story.

  • Harvey
    March 22, 2013 - 07:26

    So, if other prov health jurisdictions do not provide costs for these medical procedures,this .makes it right to eliminate the coverage in NL ? Without consulting anyone else in the medical field, Drs Dunderdale, .Sullivan, et al proceeds unilaterally. Tee Hee.

  • observer
    March 22, 2013 - 07:17

    Experts, yes in the treatment of patients but I have yet to meet a Doctor I would want in charge of the provincial budget.