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In January, I wrote about Canadians coming to the U.S. in search of I.C.U. beds. Well, it would appear that emergency cardiac patients are also being rushed southward for care. The Globe & Mail reports the following:
421 emergency cardiac patients have been sent to the United States from Ontario since the 2003-2004 fiscal year to Feb. 21 this year.
Many of these patients receive unsuccessful treatment in Canadian hospitals and must be sent to the U.S. for heart catheritization. The Globe & Mail describes the case of Kaukab Usman:
[Usman] had a heart attack after a gym workout in Windsor on Dec. 9. She was rushed to hospital and given clot-bursting drugs. When they failed, she was sent to Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where she had angioplasty on one clogged artery and two stents inserted.
So, why is the vaunted Canadian single-payer system unable o provide proper care for these patients? Canadian Medical Association president Brian Day offers the following:
‘We keep coming back to the same root cause,’ Dr. Day said in a telephone interview from Ottawa. ‘The health system is not consumer-focused.’
In other words, the people who run Canada’s single-payer system are insulated from their “customers,” and thus have no incentive to provide good service.
We are told that government-run health care would be cheaper and more efficient that the current U.S. system. Well, the costs of Canada’s system are rising at unsustainable rates and it can’t provide necessary care.
Is this the kind of system we need in this country? I don’t think so.
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