Monday, June 30, 2008

Canadian Health Care Lies In Ruins.

Years ago, Canadians touted their health care system as the best in the world; today, Canadian health care stands in ruinous shape.

Sick with ovarian cancer, Sylvia de Vires, an Ontario woman afflicted with a 13-inch, fluid-filled tumor weighing 40 pounds, was unable to get timely care in Canada. She crossed the American border to Pontiac, Mich., where a surgeon removed the tumor, estimating she could not have lived longer than a few weeks more.

The Canadian government pays for U.S. medical care in some circumstances, but it declined to do so in de Vires' case for a bureaucratically perfect, but inhumane, reason: She hadn't properly filled out a form. At death's door, de Vires should have done her paperwork better.

De Vires is far from unusual in seeking medical treatment in the U.S. Even Canadian government officials send patients across the border, increasingly looking to American medicine to deal with their overload of patients and chronic shortage of care.

2 comments:

Hoosiers for John McCain said...

Not much of a surprise there. Socialized medicine is a ruined experiment, why our liberals now want to try what isn't working elsewhere is beyond me. It would be like trying Soviet style communism now that we've all watched it fail miserably.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that "Health Care" socialized, capitalist or any other "ist" or "ized" is a ruined experiment. There are plenty of stories like this from Canada. There are also plenty of stories just as bad or worse from right here in our system.

Perhaps we should just let sick people die instead of torturing them with "health care" before they die.

Perhaps I am a bit cranky about this.

Hey Hoosiers for McCain, why anyone would use our current system as a model to follow is beyond me.

Greg