Tuesday, February 2, 2010

For My American Friends

Here's one good reason to not accept a one payer health system like the Canadian model.

U.S. heart surgery could sideline Williams for weeks
CTV.ca News Staff
Date: Tue. Feb. 2 2010 9:15 AM ET

Newfoundland and Labrador deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed Tuesday that Premier Danny Williams is in the U.S. for heart surgery and could be off the job for up to 12 weeks.

Dunderdale told NTV that Williams travelled to the U.S. for the surgery because it wasn’t being offered to him in his home province.

“She told us essentially he’s known about this for several weeks, that he’s had tests done, he’s had consultations with doctors,” said NTV’s Fred Hutton from St. John’s.

“The deputy premier, who is now the acting premier, said that this was never offered as an option for him to have the sugery done, so he left yesterday morning to go to the United States.” ...

Personally, my wife and children do not have a family doctor. Why, you might ask? Well I suspect that Canada is not keeping its best doctors because they are heading to the states in order to work for better pay and conditions than the Canadian medical system offers them.

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