Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Health of Canada, Part VII

What's worse than an average six-and-a-half-week delay before Canadian cancer patients receive treatment? The possibility that the wait time north of the border makes the government-approved treatment effectively unavailable, necessitating a referral to a U.S. hospital four hours away. On top of the health risk, this is a financial catastrophe:
Tragically, he hasn't been able to work, and his wife has just had a baby. The family relies on the charity of neighbors for the baby's clothes and other needs.

No "medical bankruptcy" under government-monopoly health care? Don't you believe it.
(via Don Surber)

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