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An Ontario woman did not rate timely care despite a cancer diagnosis and a huge tumor. Per the Globe & Mail:
Inside Sylvia de Vries lurked an enormous tumour and fluid totalling 18 kilograms. But not even that massive weight gain and a diagnosis of ovarian cancer could assure her timely treatment in Canada.
So, where do you suppose she had to go to get treatment? She was, of course, forced to seek care south of the border:
Fighting for her life, the Windsor woman headed to the United States. In Pontiac, Mich., a surgeon excised the tumour – 35 centimetres at its longest – along with her ovaries, appendix, fallopian tubes, uterus and cervix.
A happy ending? Not quite. Canada’s vaunted health care system decided to add insult to injury:
The Ontario Health Insurance Plan says it won’t pay for the $60,000 cancer treatment because Ms. de Vries did not fill out the correct form seeking preapproval for out-of-country care.
This is typical of Canadian health care folks: lousy care, long waits, and bureaucratic paperwork.
And yet our “progressive” friends want us to emulate Canada’s system. Are they really that dumb?
+ May 2009
+ May 2008
+ May 2007