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"AUC" 2007 Obituary


AUCOIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-11-12 published
Suzanne AUCOIN: Cancer activist dies
By The Canadian Press, Page A9
St. Catharines -- Cancer activist Suzanne AUCOIN died early yesterday nearly two weeks after she was admitted to a palliative care centre.
With her two brothers and a close friend at her bedside, Ms. AUCOIN, 37, an outspoken advocate for improved health care for Ontario cancer patients, died at approximately 3 a.m.
Ms. AUCOIN, who had colorectal cancer, lobbied the government to provide patients better access to cancer drugs that are not funded in Ontario. This year Ontario's Ombudsman blasted the Health Ministry for mishandling Ms. AUCOIN's application to get out-of-country coverage for cancer drugs in the United States.
The ministry agreed to cover a tab of about $76,000 she spent on the cancer drug Erbitux in New York and Ontario, as well as the legal costs, and announced a review of its out-of-country coverage program.

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