http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/arti ... rt-surgery
OTTAWA–Danny Williams' decision to head south for heart surgery has sparked a furious debate on both sides of the border.
The premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, a former lawyer and millionaire businessman, left Monday for an unspecified cardiac surgical procedure at an undisclosed U.S. hospital. The move raised questions about whether he could have the operation in Canada.
Conservative Senator Wilbert Keon, a retired heart surgeon and professor emeritus at University of Ottawa, said Newfoundland does not have the special pumps and post-op technical support to allow all advanced complicated procedures to be performed there.
I know the argument is that not everyone in the US has access to the best medical care treatment in the world and I would agree but it brings up an interesting question. If me move to Canadian type system won't the US now be in the same boat as Canadians and others that are now seeking advanced medical care here?
This is a good example of why we need to slowly and carefully make changes to the health care system, instead of trying to emulate systems like they have in Canada that will provide a lower quality of care to many people we need to focus on providing the best quality care to everyone.