Demonstrators protest against Cardiac Fitness Institute closure

Afternoon Drive

Demonstrators gathered today to protest the closure of the Cardiac Fitness Institute. The London Health Sciences Centre plans to close the CFI, which has stopped taking patients as of this month. It opened in 1981. The Institute focuses on improving heart health in patients so they can avoid serious cardiac issues in the future. Supporters of the CFI say that the program is cheap and actually lowers health care costs in the long term. Former patients have come forward saying that their lives have been saved by the CFI. But the LHSC says the decision to close the Institute is part of an evidence-based approach to medicine. The CFI costs about $300,000 to operate. The LHSC subsidized about half of that. Jeff Hanks of the London Health Coalition spoke with Afternoon Drive host Chris dela Torre about why he attended the protest.

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