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We’re hearing that Michael Moore, in his upcoming movie, interviews some happy Canadians who are satisfied with their health care system. This doesn’t surprise. Most healthy people don’t like to think about getting sick and like the idea that if and when they do – they will be taken care of (especially if they think that someone else is footing the bill).
However, when Canadians get older and need more medical care, they run up against the strict rationing imposed by their system. After paying a life time’s worth of high taxes to support socialized medicine, they come face-to-face with its’ realities.
It’s safe to say that Mr. Moore never interviewed Mary Lou Frye who has had her urgent brain surgery cancelled six times:
In March 2006, Mary Lou Frye had a seizure and drove off the Fraser Highway into a ditch.
A CAT scan revealed a golf ball-sized tumour behind her left eye. She had surgery in May 2006, but bleeding cut the operation short, leaving part of the tumour.
She now has two tumours in her brain, but since January Frye has had her surgery postponed six times, the latest last Friday when four other neurosurgery cases were also postponed.
The previous day, four neurosurgery cases were postponed due to a lack of beds.
Meanwhile, Frye, 64, who raised three kids as a single mom, is failing. Doctors have declared her urgent because of headaches, loss of balance and walking difficulty.
But Ms. Frye is not alone. Canada’s Fraser Institute, in its’ report Waiting Your Turn, estimates that over 770,000 Canadians are currently on waiting lists.