Consequently, patients and their families face significant out-of-pocket expenses that are not considered as direct stem cell therapy costs and that are not covered by public health care plans. Examples of these additional costs include travel to and from Ottawa, long-term accommodations, high-quality nutrition, cleaning services, local transportation, parking, equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as continuation of day-to-day financial obligations at home. These expenses can exceed $20,000 per patient.
Additionally, patients who are self-employed or working in small businesses commonly lose their main source of personal income during this period of care. This financial burden is too high for many and lead some patients to decline life saving stem cell therapy.