Financial impact, on many levels, was the subject of a recent in-depth video feature story by the National Post, profiling Peter Munk Cardiac Centre patient Morgan Latta.
The young and married father of a toddler is a resident of Kingston, Ont. and has been living with a heart condition since birth.
In April 2016, at the age of 33, Morgan underwent surgery performed at UHN by Dr. Terry Yau, cardiac surgeon, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre; and Dr. Ed Hickey, pediatric surgeon, SickKids. Considered a complex procedure given his particular circumstances, the surgeons fitted Morgan with a mechanical heart or ventricular assist device (VAD).
The story delved into a rarely-exposed side of a patient's journey: the financial impact of having a chronic health condition.
The costs of living with a VAD from the perspective of the patient, his family and their livelihood - both before surgery and after - as well the financial realities on the healthcare system are all examined in the video story.
View the National Post video