Saturday, February 06, 2010

Health care Canadian style

It looks like the current push in the U.S. for the government control of Health Care is dead, or at least mostly dead. I'm glad.

I found this interesting - Danny Williams going to U.S. for heart surgeryRead more:

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is set to undergo heart surgery this week in the United States.
CBC News confirmed Monday that Williams, 60, left the province earlier in the day and will have surgery later in the week.
The premier's office provided few details, beyond confirming that he would have heart surgery and saying that it was not necessarily a routine procedure.


Some claim that Canadian health care is much better than health care in the U.S. But there are many problems with health care when the government controls the money and tells doctors what to do. One of big problems is the government might deny health care for some conditions. Another problem is even if the government allows certain procedures, it might take months or longer before being allowed to have a procedure.

I don't know why Danny Williams is coming to America for open heart surgery, but the mere fact that a top Canadian political leader is coming to the United States should cause one to pause.

(Hat tip: Instapundit)

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AlbertaMama said...

As a Canadian I can tell you that our Health Care system is actually quite good. We as Canadians complain, but who doesn't. We don't need to cough up the big bucks just to get our kids seen and it is a false assumption that the Canadian government denies procedures for people. That's 100% false! The government has no say in what doctors we see or what procedures we have. We pay into our health care via our taxes as well and it's nowhere near what we would pay if we had private coverage.
Of course, there are downsides to every story, but most Canadians love the system we have, because our children don't die if we can't afford to take them to get well. We don't have to pay for cancer treatments, pregnancy, ICU care...nothing...we just get better. If you have a condition where you need immediate care you also do not have to wait. You get your emergency surgery immediately
As for Danny Williams and his heart surgery, Newfoundland is a small province, the last to join confederation in 1949. It does not have all the resources of the rest of Canada. If he needed a procedure that is not available a specific heart procedure that is not available in NEwfoundland it's much closer for him to travel to the US than it is for him to travel to other parts of Canada. Besides, him traveling to the US for care in no way diminishes the Canadian Health care system and the amazingly beautiful work they do for the majority of the Canadian population!!!

Anonymous said...

Health is a very important for every person and every country should make some hardcore policies about this matter!
Health Care Expert