The following was submitted by a visitor to asthmastory from Canada who came to the United States for treatment
Canadians Seeking Asthma Treatment
If you live in Canada are interested in pursuing this asthma treatment, there are a few things that you should research and consider.
Respirologists in Canada will NOT be able to provide you with the antibiotic treatment described by Dr. Hahn. My understanding from my own family physician and two professional respirologists in my area are that antibiotic treatment for asthma is non-stand by Canadian Health regulations. You will likely receive a defensive response from a physician (“If this were a real cure, I would give it to all my patients!”) or call the treatment quackery. Due to the non-standard treatment described in this site, you may need to travel to the U.S. to find a doctor that will prescribe this treatment.
If you choose to seek treatment from a doctor in the U.S. – Things to Note:
Prepare for your Appointment
- Once you have contacted a clinic in the U.S. that is willing to provide Dr. Hahn’s treatment, clarify
- 1) what medical documentation you should bring
- 2) your medications – what you can take and what you should avoid the day of your visit
- 3) any recent pulmonary test results
- I recommend scheduling a pulmonary test at the clinic since waiting for copies of medical documents from your physician may take several weeks.
- Google or inquire at the clinic about pharmacies in the area that are willing to provide the antibiotics. When I was filling my prescriptions, the pharmacist asked the purpose of the medications. Although the pharmacist would not condone the treatment, they were willing to provide it.
- Give yourself lots of time for both the appointment and to fill the prescription. Doctor visits in Canada are short (typically under 15 minutes) whereas physicians in the U.S. tend to take more time with their patients. Additionally, pharmacies in the U.S. are VERY busy and you may need to wait for your medications.
Costs and Customs
- Your provincial health care plan (for instance, I have OHIP) will not cover these expenses in the U.S. Any costs for appointments, pulmonary tests, blood work etc., will need to be paid by you out of pocket. In total, I spent around $1500 USD.
- U.S. Customs had no issue when I told them I was visiting for the purpose of a medical appointment. The officer asked if I was going to pay out of pocket and I replied ‘yes’. I did not pay duty on the medications.
- Save yourself on the cost of the medications by printing coupons at GoodRx.com and present them at the pharmacy. GoodRx coupons are based on on a zip code for pharmacies in an area. If you are staying at a hotel, you can print these after your visit. I found this very unusual since in Canada we do not have the concept of coupons for prescriptions.
After Your Visit
- Unlike in Canada, U.S. physicians will provide you copies of your medical records. Just ask and they will provide you a copy on the spot. If you choose, you can share this with your Canadian physician.
- Make sure to schedule a follow-up, if possible by phone.