Incriminating revelations about the Canadian Health Care system

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MethodAir

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Hello everybody,

It's been a while since I last posted, and I wanted to provide some new information, regarding my experience in a Canadian hospital in 2015.

Many mistakenly believe that Canada has a 'socialist medical care system'. In British Columbia, medical care is actually typically provided by private, independent medical corporations (ie inc), which invoice the Canadian medical system for services, via a 'fee for service' payment model.

The government is essentially a middle man. This inevitably leads to abuse and corruption.

One example...I entered hospital on Feb 15th 2015 for routine aortic valve replacement surgery with no complications and a normal operative risk.

Dr. Vyselaar, lead cardiologist of Lions Gate Hospital, confirmed that Dr. Paul Novak from Western Cardiologists, arranged an undisclosed, catastrophic LV Angiogram procedure the following day, which was expected to severely injure or kill me, because of severe lesions on my aortic valve.

Dr. Vyselaar noted that I had an aortic valve lesion BNP reading of 22, 000, indicating a high probability of aortic valve rupture during this procedure. My blood pressure was normal pre-procedure however.

Dr. Vyselaar confirmed that Dr. Novak and his colleagues covered up the undisclosed procedure and ensuing critical injuries, which they were surreptitiously tracking via daily BUN to CR blood tests, and ecg's etc.

Consequently, I entered surgery four days later in complete cardiogenic shock (total organ failure), with an ejection fraction of 15% and was thus not expected to survive.

Dr. Vyselaar's incriminating revelations are here:


I hope that this information can help prevent future unsuspecting casualties. Please share this video.
 

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What a terrible experience, it reads like something that would happen in a movie not real life, and then to have your life threatened.
Do no harm... they shouldnt be calling themselves doctors thats for sure !!
 

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This is beyond awful. Thank you for sharing. It must have been a lonely road for you. Hopefully, you had good support of family and friends. Although, we all want to hear the 'good news stories' it is important to realize how we need to have advocates by our sides. I always thought that informed consent was required for procedures unless it was a medical emergency?
Did you see the latest on why lawayers are reluctant to take on medical mal practice? https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-april-18-2019-1.5102201/a-real-access-to-justice-issue-why-lawyers-are-reluctant-to-take-on-medical-malpractice-suits-1.5102236
 

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Hi guys. Yes, I have seen that ottagal. The most corrupt organizations of all are the very medical regulatory bodies, that are supposed to protect the public...

An undisclosed procedure, which is expected to injure or kill is assault with intent, whereas medical malpractice is about medical mistakes...
 

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Hi guys. Yes, I have seen that ottagal. The most corrupt organizations of all are the very medical regulatory bodies, that are supposed to protect the public...

An undisclosed procedure, which is expected to injure or kill is assault with intent, whereas medical malpractice is about medical mistakes...
Thanks for the clarification. I am sure this has been a long journey for you. Hopefully, you will be able to get some catharsis from sharing. I wish you health and peace moving forward.
 

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Thanks for sharing? This was not a D(octor). He's a DEVIL!
"The Resident"is a series that reveals how lots of mistakes during surgery or others many try to cover up!

Wish you improved health. Keep us posted.
 

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Hi Eva,

I agree...and with regard to my health, I made a complete functional recovery. My main focus is justice, and helping to prevent this from happening to someone else.
 

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Interesting to note...Dr. Vyselaar deduced that the undisclosed Retrograde Left Heart Catheterization/LV Angiogram was performed, by discovering LV pressure tracing readings, which could only be obtained by going through the aortic valve.

He also deduced that the valve was ruptured by this undisclosed procedure, by looking at hidden clinical findings, like the spike in UREA, where the kidneys sense the critically low blood pressure, and thus hold water.

Dr. Novak deceptively stopped testing ALT from post-LV Angiogram to post-surgery 4 days later, and then claimed the ALT spiked as a result of post surgical hypotension. Dr. Vyselaar confirmed that with respect to this ischemic hepatitis, it doesn't work that way. The loss of blood supply happened days before (after the LV Angiogram), and that the ALT started dropping as soon as the new valve went in.

And then there are the billing records...where Dr. Siega billed the BC Ministry of Health for this undisclosed procedure, he denied performing, and erased from my medical chart.
 

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Interesting to note...Dr. Vyselaar deduced that the undisclosed Retrograde Left Heart Catheterization/LV Angiogram was performed, by discovering LV pressure tracing readings, which could only be obtained by going through the aortic valve.

He also deduced that the valve was ruptured by this undisclosed procedure, by looking at hidden clinical findings, like the spike in UREA, where the kidneys sense the critically low blood pressure, and thus hold water.

Dr. Novak deceptively stopped testing ALT from post-LV Angiogram to post-surgery 4 days later, and then claimed the ALT spiked as a result of post surgical hypotension. Dr. Vyselaar confirmed that with respect to this ischemic hepatitis, it doesn't work that way. The loss of blood supply happened days before (after the LV Angiogram), and that the ALT started dropping as soon as the new valve went in.

And then there are the billing records...where Dr. Siega billed the BC Ministry of Health for this undisclosed procedure, he denied performing, and erased from my medical chart.
You are an informed, intelligent patient who knew something went terribly wrong and had to do alot of searching to understand it. Many individuals would not have the wherewithal to know where to start or even connect the dots. It is shocking that you cannot get any justice especially when it was confirmed by two other medical professionals. Not the same situation, but a close friend experienced poor and unacceptable medical treatment that shortened his life even though he was palliative. The family had no where to turn and doors kept closing on them when they wanted answers. Good for you for pushing through as going through an ordeal and having to bring it up is beyond exhausting. Take good care. Your message was noted.
 

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Yes, that is true ottagal. And they prey on people's vulnerabilities. One of the College of Physicians and Surgeon's primary tools is silencing physicians...hiding facts. In this case, the irrefutable facts are now public, in line with several investigations which are currently ongoing...
 

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In one account he recently provided to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC, Dr. Anthony Della Siega just admitted to performing one of two undisclosed, LV Angiogram procedures on Feb 16th 2015, with a pigtailed catheter (ventriculogram).

But Siega invoiced the BC Ministry of Health for a different undisclosed LV Angiogram procedure he has yet to disclose (Retrograde Left Heart Catheterization), which he also erased from my medical chart (and by Siega's own admission, also uses pigtailed catheters).

In another account, Siega now claims he 'accidently/passively' crossed the aortic valve with a JR4 coronary angiogram end-hole catheter to perform ventriculogram, to obtain a single LVEDP reading...

He omitted to mention that he first crossed the aortic valve with a pigtailed catheter, because it has multiple holes, required to inject the large quantity of contrast dye into the LV, to obtain a plethora of other undisclosed readings (pressure gradient, ejection fraction, heart wall motion etc).

So Siega has effectively admitted to using a weapon, an instrument that was indeed, expected to harm or kill, given the aortic valve lesion BNP reading of 22, 000, confirmed by Dr. Vyselaar.

 
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Hi Eva,

I agree...and with regard to my health, I made a complete functional recovery. My main focus is justice, and helping to prevent this from happening to someone else.
I totally agree! This is one of your missions ... prevent this from happening again. Good luck.
 

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"Our health care system protects bad doctors and nurses and endangers patients"

https://ipolitics.ca/2018/08/17/bad-doctors/

"Under our system, we give professionals like doctors and nurses the right to self-regulate. By and large, they determine the educational and training qualifications needed to practice their profession and set codes of conduct for practice, including in the worst cases, disciplinary action. It’s all based on the idea that doctors know best how to police their own and as professionals, they will product the public interest and not put the safety of patients or clients at risk.

But in case after case in recent years, what professional organizations have shown that they see as their main role is to protect themselves, to always give their members the benefit of the doubt and to take the easy way out when dealing with a wayward member of the profession. In most cases, the public is an after-thought and patient safety is seldom a concern.

The latest example of this kind of egregious behavior has occurred in British Columbia where The Globe and Mail has documented the appalling case Dr. Winston Tuck Loke Tam, an obstetrician-gynecologist whose claim to fame was that he billed the B.C. medical system up to $1.7-million a year."

 

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Although I’m truly greatful for the fact that that without AVR I’d be pushing up daisys by now, certainly a learning curve and Id guess like most here I have an accentuated awareness of the not so good medical care that seems to abound.

Unfortunately its not unique to Canada
This guy in the link below lived in my home town, he had an AVR, my father knew him, after some retraining the doctor is now practicing again..


A former work collegue now has another persons heart thanks to the surgeon not doing due diligence by looking at his pre-surgery CT scan before doing his AVR and aneurysm repair, and that was the surgeon I was meant to have... but he was busy...whew.

From another article -
“The death toll from preventable medical errors in New Zealand is estimated to be between 1000 and 3000 a year”

Bearing in mind NZs entire population is about 200,000 less than BC

Since we have a state funded system (unless you take out your own private insurance, and the main insurers own and run their own hospitals) we don’t have the greed factor but rather cost saving as its underfunded, last year in the media there was a woman in her mid 30s who couldnt get a colonoscopy because she was not considered in the high risk age group thus there was no funding, shes passed now from the cancer they found too late.

Even my own GP has prescribed me a particular antibiotic more than once that took my INR to nearly 8.0 the first time I used it, the last time it was in topical form so I thought oh it must be ok, quick google and found that cream form is the most likely to extremely affect INR. So it stayed in the box, I’d sooner put up with a bit of toe jam.
 
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A positive is that your news media appears to be reporting the alarming incidence of medical malpractice in NZ. Canadian national news organizations like CTV news and the CBC often censor incriminating information that might implicate physicians, even though it could jeopardize public safety.

Dr. Vyselaar describes something deliberate however, outside the realm of medical error. With regard to the undisclosed LV angiogram procedures, Vyselaar said that medical staff should have 'said they were going to do this, or we want to do this'.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC even continued to deny that these procedures had taken place, after receiving the subject physicians billing records, and Dr. Vyselaar's independent, irrefutable findings:

887055


The BC Health Minister Adrian Dix response is “I’m not going to second-guess the college
 
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Although I’m truly greatful for the fact that that without AVR I’d be pushing up daisys by now, certainly a learning curve and Id guess like most here I have an accentuated awareness of the not so good medical care that seems to abound.

Unfortunately its not unique to Canada
This guy in the link below lived in my home town, he had an AVR, my father knew him, after some retraining the doctor is now practicing again..


A former work collegue now has another persons heart thanks to the surgeon not doing due diligence by looking at his pre-surgery CT scan before doing his AVR and aneurysm repair, and that was the surgeon I was meant to have... but he was busy...whew.

From another article -
“The death toll from preventable medical errors in New Zealand is estimated to be between 1000 and 3000 a year”

Bearing in mind NZs entire population is about 200,000 less than BC

Since we have a state funded system (unless you take out your own private insurance, and the main insurers own and run their own hospitals) we don’t have the greed factor but rather cost saving as its underfunded, last year in the media there was a woman in her mid 30s who couldnt get a colonoscopy because she was not considered in the high risk age group thus there was no funding, shes passed now from the cancer they found too late.

Even my own GP has prescribed me a particular antibiotic more than once that took my INR to nearly 8.0 the first time I used it, the last time it was in topical form so I thought oh it must be ok, quick google and found that cream form is the most likely to extremely affect INR. So it stayed in the box, I’d sooner put up with a bit of toe jam.
Yes hi MethodAir
This is quite the story .. I saw it the other day also !!
 

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I haven't been keeping up with the bad news or even this thread, but FWIW my personal experience with the entire Canadian medical system here in Toronto (Ontario) since I immigrated from the US (Boston via Princeton) in 1974 has been exemplary. Almost perfect. And virtually perfect since I got rid of my first GP, whose specialty was telling me that he was suffering with whatever I was complaining about, only worse! ;-) I'm not making this up! I went to him with a bad cut on a finger that I thought was getting infected, and he peeled off a bandage to show me his even uglier cut!
I went to him again when I thought I was developing an inguinal hernia. He didn't have worse, but he assured me that it was just a minor muscle pull that would resolve by itself. A week or two later it was obviously an inguinal hernia and I scheduled another appointment, both to get some treatment AND to shove this misdiagnosis in his face. But no! When I arrived at his office I was greeted by Dr. Don't Worry About It's replacement, because he was in the hospital (though not with a hernia)!
Since he left me (and eventually died of Alzheimers IIRC), I've been served by a series of three female GPs who have all been terrific AFAICS. Starting with the one who caught my bicuspid AV in a routine physical exam. Her initial replacement was a woman who didn't impress me at all, but when I was released from my AVR and needed to see a GP promptly she was booked, so I got switched to another new GP in that clinic, and she was brilliant, as is her replacement after she moved to BC.
From my POV, the medical system in Toronto and Ontario puts the American health care system to shame, and not just because nobody has to live in fear of medical bankruptcy, or live without necessary medical care because they're not rich enough to afford it. Of course when I visit the USA I'm at much greater risk because my coverage from the Ontario system won't cover a serious problem in the US - and our current government is planning to eliminate it completely.

The only other thing that has always bugged me about the medical system here ("OHIP") is the total lack of transparency. E.g. after I was discharged from the surgery to fix my first hernia, I got a bill for a few bucks for the phone beside my bed - the only charge I had to pay. Great, but I would have liked to see an itemization of all the charges OHIP was paying for my surgery and tests and my hospital stay. Even though OHIP was paying that bill out of public money. But no, that information is not even available to patients who really want to see it. I like transparency, and I wish we had some there. If there are abuses, that transparency would probably reduce it a LOT.
 

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The reality is those 'few bad apples' are everywhere in the world and in all professions. We need to improve accountability and transparency so that those who are doing harm are no longer allowed to do so, especially in dealing with vulnerable populations. Thank goodness, I have been the recipient of good health care (touch wood). Unfortunately, I know others who were not so fortunate. Not sure what the answer is....
 
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