- A report on chronic Lyme disease by a senior public health official found the Lyme test ‘inadequate’, acknowledged that chronic Lyme can be treated to improve quality of life, and recommended doctors be empowered to adopt ‘realistic but flexible’ approaches to treatment in consultation with their patients.
- For the first time, a provincial health minister acknowledged the presence of undiagnosed and untreated chronic Lyme disease in BC and confirmed that doctors have the right to prescribe longer courses of antibiotics than set out in the Lyme guidelines.
- BC announced a new initiative to set up a complex chronic disease clinic to gain experience treating chronic Lyme and to initiate research on a reliable Lyme test.
Patients with chronic lyme know thedifficulties of getting such therapy in BC. Inevitably, for an infectious disease that’s bacterial, antibiotics are needed, and when chronic, certainlyfor longer than a month. Absurdly, that’s just what the IDSA guidelines aredesigned to rule out. This works very well for US private insurance companies seeking to close off reponsibility for ongoing therapy, but it deals Canadian patients right out of their care benefits.
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