Opinion: Canada’s hepatitis C screening policies are failing everyone, especially baby boomers

"All the scientific advances in the world cannot make up for the absence of a concrete national strategy with a core emphasis on education, prevention, and timely and affordable access to treatment. On this front, Canada and most of our provinces are spinning their wheels. Even when patients are diagnosed, often only the sickest with advanced inflammation of the liver receive treatment fully covered by provincial pharmacare, which isn’t the case in other...

Screen baby boomers to better protect Canadians from hep C, say Edmonton virologists

Alberta should look at spending $134 million on a hepatitis C screening and treatment program for the province’s baby boomers, most of whom are unaware they carry a heightened risk of infection, two leading medical scientists say. Internationally recognized virologists Dr. Michael Houghton and Dr. Lorne Tyrrell, both based at the University of Alberta, said the costs of such an initiative may seem high, but will be far worse if thousands of undiagnosed di