Newfoundland & Labrador Premier Danny Williams is taking flak for going to the US for undisclosed Cardiac Surgery. Many are considering this a flagrant slight of the medicare system in Canada and this simply being a case of how those that can afford it seek better quality care south of the border.
LINK “That’s like the premier of China coming here for a decent egg roll,” read one comment. “It must be pretty bad when even someone with his clout skips town for medical help.”
Such odd discussions. Nobody has ever suggested that US healthcare is bad; simply that it’s unavailable or out of reach of most people that live in the Country and that the high inflated costs of care in the US is a scary model to consider in any civilized society.
LINK 2 “Public versus private health care is a hot potato that has landed in many political laps. Former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin took flak in 2004 for the fact that his longtime physician ran a network of private clinics. Martin denied ever using private health care.
Former Tory prime minister Joe Clark was criticized by the former Canadian Alliance party after he said he had surgery at a private clinic in the late 1980s.”
What do you think Canada? Is this a canary in a coal mine or simply the jaded reality of our health care system? Do you think that Canada has the political will to save Medicare? Please post your comments below.
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