What does the MS Society of Canada do with all the money we raise for them?
To answer this question, I obtained a copy of the Society’s most recent financial statement, audited by Price, Waterhouse, Coopers, LLP.
Here is the bottom line: for the year ended August 31, 2009, the Canadian MSS took in revenue of $33,677,000. Of that amount, $28,503,000 came from donations (including $1,197,000 from the United Way) and fundraising events.
The amount spent on research? Twenty-two cents out of every dollar collected, for a total of $7,324,000.
As for how the rest was allocated:
• $10,495,000 was spent on services to patients
• $889,000 to help fund MS clinics
• $2,806,000 for chapter and volunteer support and development
• $4,086,000 for public awareness and education
• $1,570,000 to cover “government and community relations”.
(The above numbers were obtained here)
The MS Society does good work – don’t get me wrong – but as a person suffering from the disease that they are advocating for, I’m left with nothing but an endless string of questions, the first of which is this: has anyone done a cost benefit analysis on the real numbers here?
At the thus-far peak of my ascension through the ranks of corporate whoredom, I paid $10,093.00 in taxes, cumulatively both provincially (in Alberta) as well as federally. That’s just 1 year. Let’s look at my lifetime, without ever rceiving a single wage-increase from this point. I was 23 at the time. Project retirement for age 65:
$10,093.00 x my 42 remaining years as a tax-paying member of society = $423,906.00.
Instead of fast-tracking a prospective treatment for me (CCSVI), I am drawing instead $12,074.52 from the federal government annually, while contributing nothing. Add those numbers together – the government is missing the $10k I would be paying in taxes as well as handing over $12k in social benefits. I live in government subsidized housing, for which I receive $2,400 of assistance annually. We are now at $24,474.00 that I am costing able-bodied, Canadian taxpayers annually. And that number over the next 42 years increass to $1,027,908.00 I am just 1 person.
Let’s see it again:
– My life, as-is, will cost the Canadian government $1,027,908.00
– Were I able to work, I would contribute $423,906.00
If the CCSVI treatment can give me a year of being able to return to work, well, the impact to this great nation goes from -$24k to +$10k. The treatment has a purported cost of $4,500 USD. Within months of returning to work, I have paid off the cost of my treatment to the Canadian taxpayers.
Over a lifetime, that number inflates to an overall impact of +$1.5 million.
Now, multiply it by the 55-75 THOUSAND people suffering from this disease in Canada. That number, if you’re wondering (assuming 75,000 Canadians have MS), is $112,500,000,000. Or a fucking-lot. Do the math, folks…
CCSVI is not a cure. But Canadian citizens are spending tens-of-thousands of dollars to have this done overseas when we could have been 6-months into a randomized clinical trial. Makes you think…