Samyuktha S. K.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Saskatoon Regional Heritage Fair

Cancer Coverage in Canada

My project is about how cancer coverage varies between provinces, my goal with this project was to learn about the cost of different treatments and how the coverage works if someone is not able to insure their treatments by themselves.





What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

I found it surprising that drugs for treating cancers are so expensive, and that lead to my research on the actually coverage plans in Canada. The thing that interested me most in my project was why drugs for cancer were so expensive. I still am curious about if companies who make these drugs charging unreasonable prices.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

I have learned that it is one thing to have a cure to a problem, but another to make it work for everyone. I have also learned that it is important to look at every possibility when it comes to perspective, because to truly understand an issue, considering all sides, makes the difference that is necessary.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

I am privileged that I have not experienced cancer, like many other Canadians. I never had to think if I would still have my home, because money was scarce, like many other families. I am living an ideal life with all my needs met, unlike some Canadians with unfortunate health. These Canadians deserve need equity, not equality. I have the same health care rights as these Canadians, but I don't have cancer.