Parents ask why it's so tough to get OHIP coverage for life-changing surgery
It's not a matter of 'if' for families wanting to fly south for what's called SDR surgery it's 'how.' Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) is not offered in Toronto. Instead, it's performed by pediatric neurosurgeron Dr. T.S. Park at the St. Louis Childrens' Hospital in Missouri. It gives kids living with Cerebral Palsy — who are often confined to wheelchairs — something so many of us take for granted: A chance to walk.
The surgery costs $46,245 US. Kids and their families must stay in St. Louis for days or even weeks afterwards. Once home, there is a long list of expensive post-surgery costs: specialized equipment and a full-year of intense rehab. There is help available from OHIP. But several families tell CBC Toronto the struggle to get funding is a nightmare and often impossible. Read More/Watch Here>>