Press invitation - Lets discuss real issues during election campaign - Four hospitals dig in their own pockets to pay for procedure not covered by Medicare



    Bone Anchored Hearing Aids have been used for 20 years but Quebec
Government says technology is too new to warrant funding

    MONTREAL, Oct. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - What do The Montreal Children's Hospital
of the MUHC, le CHU Sainte-Justine, The Shriner's Hospital for Children and Le
Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) all have in common? They
are all using donated money or private funds to pay for osseointegrated
auditory prosthesis a.k.a. bone anchored hearing aids or Baha(R)s.
    Why are these four institutions doing this? Because even though Baha(R)
technology has been used in North America for 20 years, and even though there
is reams of research from around the world that prove Baha(R)s are effective,
the Government of Quebec wants more evidence the $6000 procedure really helps
patients.
    The four hospitals will urge the Government of Quebec to pay for Baha(R)
devices and surgery during an upcoming press conference. They also hope this
important health issue will be part of the upcoming election campaign.

    
                     WHEN:   November 05, 2008 at 1:15 p.m.
                     WHERE:  The Montreal Children's Hospital
                             2300 Tupper Street (corner Atwater)
                             Amphitheatre

    The press conference is being held in conjunction with a national
conference focused on the benefits of Baha(R)'s. The conference organized and
hosted by The Montreal Children's Hospital of the McGill University Health
Centre features physicians from across Canada who are also encouraging their
provincial government to pay for the Baha(R) device and surgery. Journalists
are welcome to attend the conference, which starts at 9:25 on November 5th.
For more information about the conference please go to:
http://www.thechildren.com/en/news/education.aspx.

    Speakers:

        Dr. Sam Daniel, director of the ENT Division at The Montreal
        Children's Hospital
        Dr. Lucy Lessard, surgeon with the Shriner's Hospital for Children
        Dr Issam Falida, ENT surgeon at the CHU Sainte-Justine and Le Centre
        hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM).

    Patients
    --------

        Magalie Beauchamp, the mother of Xavier who has had two Baha(R)
        implanted
        Nicolasl Kravec and his son Daniel who both have recently Baha(R)'s.
    




For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, (514) 412-4307,
Lisa.Dutton@muhc.mcgill.ca

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