Can I get Disability for Hep C?
Hepatitis C is a lethal virus that causes inflammation and fibrosis (scarring) of the liver tissue. Despite being one of the body’s most resilient and regenerative organs, hep C damage to the liver can be so severe that it can cause total liver failure. The irreversible damage is what makes hepatitis C the #1 cause of liver cancer and liver transplants.
The hepatitis C virus is normally transmitted through blood, needle sharing, and to a lesser extent, saliva, seminal, or vaginal fluid. Depending on whether it’s chronic or acute, the hep C virus causes nausea, flu-like symptoms, stomach pains and extreme fatigue. Chronic hep C is a long-term ailment, plaguing a person for up to 20-30 years.
Treatment for hepatitis C range from 6-to-12 month medicine regimens, with a combination of interferon shots and ribavirin pills being arguably the most effective. These drugs don’t target hep C directly, but enhances the body’s immune system to combat the virus. Current treatment for hepatitis C is on the cutting edge of medicine, with new groundbreaking drugs underway in clinical testing.
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Considering how severe hepatitis C symptoms can become, hep C disability is available through the Canada Revenue Agency to offset pricey treatment costs. But, many differently-abled Canadians who qualify for these disability credits don’t submit a claim to the CRA, as the application process can become tedious and lengthy.
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