Hep C sufferers endangering health to get treatment
- March 30, 2010 12:47 PM
- By Enza Uda
Health-care workers who treat hepatitis C are raising the alarm about patients who are binge drinking and taking dangerous herbal concoctions to try to inflame their own livers in a desperate bid to get provincial governments to pay for their medication.
"The binge drinking is huge," said Fran Falconer, an award-winning hepatitis C support nurse on Vancouver Island. "For the liver, drinking [alcohol] is like putting grease on a flame. It's like fertilizer to the hepatitis C virus."