Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Canadian Premier From Newfoundland Seeks Surgical Care In US?

Canada has a single payer system, and yet Newfoundland's premier, Danny Williams, is having a cardiac surgical procedure done in the US instead.

If you think that raises eyebrows. It should.
"He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done," said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks.

"In consultation with his own doctors, he's decided to go that route."

Mr. Williams' decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada's health-care system.

"It was never an option offered to him to have this procedure done in this province," said Ms. Dunderdale, refusing to answer whether the procedure could be done elsewhere in Canada.

Mr. Williams, 59, has said nothing of his health in the media.

"The premier has made a commitment that once he's through this procedure and he's well enough, he's going to talk about the whole process and share as much detail with you as he's comfortable to do at that time," she said.

Ms. Dunderdale wouldn't say where in the U.S. Mr. Williams is seeking treatment.
So, it was never an option to have the surgical procedure in Newfoundland? Is that because there simply weren't any surgeons who could perform the procedure or that there were better doctors elsewhere? It's curious that there's no mention of where Williams will have the surgery done or what kind of procedure is to be performed so that we can judge the kind of expertise necessary.

Those facts would certainly inform Williams' decision. It would also be of interest to know how much he's going to pay for the procedure, since he's found it better to pay for the procedure in the US than stick with Canadian care. What kind of waiting time is there for the procedure.

There are plenty of questions that need to be addressed but that a major politician in Canada is taking his medical care to the US should raise questions for those in Canada who can't make the trip to the States for care.

This report suggests that Williams is in Florida for the heart surgery.

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