Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Natasha Richardson - A Victim of the Wonderful Socialized Canadian Healthcare?

This is one way to look at it. As AP reports:

Questions are arising over whether a medical helicopter might have been able to save actress Natasha Richardson.

The province of Quebec lacks a medical helicopter system, common in the United States and other parts of Canada, to airlift stricken patients to major trauma centers. Montreal's top head trauma doctor said Friday that may have played a role in Richardson's death.

While Richardson's initial refusal of medical treatment cost her two hours, she also had to be driven to two hospitals. She didn't arrive at a specialized hospital in Montreal until about four hours after the second 911 call from her hotel room at the resort.
So, my fellow Americans, this is what Obama wants for you, a state-run healthcare system where you spend hours in critical condition before the Government can take you to a hospital. As a comparison, I've seen med-evac choppers at small ski areas like Hunter or Windham arriving before the injured person was even brought down the slopes.

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