Liver Care Canada was founded in 2015 by a team of healthcare professionals with a goal to make services and treatments easily accessible to liver disease patients.
With recent advances in therapies and diagnostics, liver disease patients can now be effectively treated outside the hospital system. Our Liver Care Program preserves hospital resources for more complicated cases and also provides an efficient model of care that has been proven effective.
Our CARE Teams are deployed according to the needs of each community we service. In major cities, where there is affordable public transit, we have full service Liver Care Centres. In many rural areas of Canada, where medical services are not easily accessible, our Mobile CARE Units travel to our patients. Each mobile healthcare facility is equipped with the latest technology and driven by a member of our CARE Team. This ensures that our medical services reach as far as possible.
Our Liver Care Program improves patient outcomes through logistical support and navigation of available patient care support programs.
Liver Disease encompasses much more than cirrhosis of the liver. There are over 100 forms of disease that target the liver including fatty liver, Reye’s Disease, Hepatitis A, B, and C, and many others.
Liver disease is under-diagnosed and under-treated in Canada.
Living with uncontrolled liver disease can severely affect a patient’s quality of life and longevity. For example, if a virus C infection of the liver is untreated, the result is liver cirrhosis and the need for a lifesaving liver transplant. Even after a successful transplant, patients are required to be on anti-rejection medications for life. We hope that through early detection, diagnosis and advanced new treatment, Viral Hepatitis C will be treated and cured before the host’s liver is irrecoverable.
The average time it takes to explore and correctly test for and diagnose the symptoms of liver disease in Canada is between 6 and 12 months. It could take another 6 to 12 months to see a specialist after being diagnosed!
Our goal at Liver Care Canada is to ensure that every Canadian living with the effects of liver disease will receive timely intervention and appropriate treatment, with a view to eradicating Hepatitis C in Ontario by 2020, and in all of Canada by 2025.