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WATCH: Matthews brushes aside suggestions of premature drug coverage claims

Health Minister questioned about promises made to help 12-year-old girl during election campaign

The province's health minister stresses that when she talked to Madi Vanstone's mother, there was an agreement in place that would see OHIP coverage for her cystic fibrosis drug.

The 12-year-old relies on the drug to lead an active life. The only problem: it costs over $300,000 a year.

There were questions in the election campaign about Deb Matthews' claim to the Vanstone family that Kalydeco would be covered in "a matter of weeks."

Matthews says she made the statement after a meeting between the drug company and deputy ministers across the country. She says it's unfortunate the situation got "politically torqued."

She says it will still take a few more weeks for Madi to get the OHIP coverage.

The company that makes the drug announced last night that it has reached a pricing agreement with provincial and territorial governments.

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  1. Walter posted on 06/17/2014 05:48 PM
    In 2003, the Liberals used a false promise to help children with autism receive IBI treatment. Of course, after getting elected, they abandoned their promise. The punishment then was giving them another majority.
    So nobody should be surprised if they lie about this case as well, since using the sick or less fortunate for political gain has been shown to be a winning strategy.
    1. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/18/2014 10:51 AM
      @Walter Best thing to do is scrap the whole healthcare system and go the former American way before Obama. Get your own insurance and pay for your own health issues. Then you don't pay for the guy next door and you are responsible.
      Ontario needs Conservatism more than ever or we are going to sink with the likes of Greece and all those other Liberal friendly disasters.
    2. Angry Bill posted on 06/19/2014 01:27 PM
      @This Is What You Wanted I'm not a fan of insurance companies at the best of times. Some people have a mistaken belief that insurance companies exist to help you when you need it. Nothing could be farther from the truth. They only exist to take your premiums, and try to find loopholes to AVOID paying out when you need it.

      Look at insurance companies in the States. If you have cancer, and are insured through your employer, or even if you pay premiums for your own private insurance, guess what happens? Yep. They cancel your insurance. So now you're left with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bills because chemo ain't cheap. And your insurance company, who you've faithfully paid premiums to for years, has bailed on you.

      If we go private in Canada, and are responsible for our own insurance, this is exactly what would happen here, too.
  2. Frankie posted on 06/18/2014 09:52 AM
    The Liberals have lied, "stolen", mismanaged, and bribed unions to the overall tune of billions of dollars and the WISE voters of Ontario have given them a majority.

    What a cluster f**k this province has become!
  3. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/18/2014 10:25 AM
    Ontario is now the worst province or state in North America. We have the worst of everything including education, healthcare, transportation and even our sports teams are losers.
    This province is going to be bankrupt within 4 years while Wynne takes us to the laundrymat to clean out our pockets.

    God HELP us in this land of the Lieberals.
  4. ToddK_2 posted on 06/18/2014 10:52 AM
    All hail to the Union boss & Liberal overlords, they will raid my pay check now with no one in there way. A cherry on top would be if Olivia Chow becomes our Mayor.
    1. This Is What You Wanted posted on 06/18/2014 10:59 AM
      @ToddK_2 Doug Ford should kick ass and take over as leader of the Conservatives and along with Rob Ford, they can give this province an enema that will end all enemas and the shit show will be over!
    2. ToddK_2 posted on 06/18/2014 01:47 PM
      @This Is What You Wanted Everyone voted for Ford because of this crap; too bad he let us down since I loved how many enemies he made doing the right things in government and going against that huge status quo crap that keeps Governments too expensive and large to be sustainable.
  5. john posted on 06/18/2014 10:57 AM
    man this women is so full of it she makes Brock Obama look whiter then Michael Jackson .the CRTC should force news channels to put in a bullshit alert . before thay broadcast the news .
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