August 18, 2007

How Canada's Health System Gets By

A Canadian couple received more blessings than they originally expected.

Woman has rare identical quadruplets
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A 35-year-old Canadian woman has given birth to rare identical quadruplets, officials at a Great Falls hospital said Thursday.

Congratulations! ...but, wait. Where were the children born? Why?

The Jepps drove 325 miles to Great Falls (Montanna) for the births because hospitals in Calgary were at capacity, Key said. "The difficulty is that Calgary continues to grow at such a rapid rate. ... The population has increased a lot faster than the number of hospital beds," he said.

So, that's how the Canadian government health care system gets by. It's because their citizens come to the U.S. for care when their system fails. The expectant mother drove 325 miles to a U.S. hospital because Canada's hospitals were at capacity. I'm surprised that this fact even made it in the news, although it did, barely, as a side item.

If we ever expect to have quadruplets (no chance), you can bet that it won't be in Canada. And, Canadians just need to plan their heart attacks so that they have time to make it to our land of timely and private medical care--while it lasts.

Want to read more?

Long Waits in Canada's ER'sA Canadian government study recently found that only about half of patients are treated in a timely manner....
"Simple" step-by-step for Ontario Health Insurance Plan - Steps 1 through 30 You must have Ontario health insurance to use Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funded health care services. You are eligible for the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) if you...and you make your permanent and principal home in Ontario and you are in Ontario for at least 153 days of the first 183 days immediately following the date you establish residency in Ontario (you cannot be absent for more than 30 days during the first 6 months of residency) and you are in Ontario for at least 153 days in any 12-month period
Canada's NeoNatal Care(?) Women with high-risk pregnancies in three provinces have been sent at taxpayers' expense to give birth in the United States, where fragile infants spend weeks to months in hospital neonatal intensive-care units. Expectant mothers from British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario have been sent to four U.S. states, a development some attribute to an increase in the number of premature births, a nursing shortage and a stretched health-care system.
The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care I cut across the hospital emergency room to shave a few minutes off my frigid commute. Swinging open the door, I stepped into a nightmare: the ER overflowed with elderly people on stretchers, waiting for admission. Some, it turned out, had waited five days. The air stank with sweat and urine.

Then, there's the Canadian man who went to the ER with chest pains. He didn't have his health card and the hospital wouldn't treat him without it, so the man walked back home for the card and died there of a heart attack.

But, let's go ahead with government health care in the U.S. But, call it universal health care, because that sounds so much nicer and fair...and avoids that ugly word of inefficiency--"government". Everyone gets mistreated equally.

If the liberals were allowed to push our nation into a government-run health care system like Canada's, who would we use for our safety valve--Mexico? (Take two pills with an enchilada twice a day.)

Be careful of the snake oil that politicians are selling. It may not kill you now, but it could later--and very soon. Pass the word.

Posted by Woody M. at August 18, 2007 09:50 AM | TrackBack

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