Thursday, February 4, 2010

Head of Canada's health care system goes to America for heart surgery.

Because this can be a very heated topic, let me state that the American health care system, which is the only one I know about in some anecdotal detail, is deeply flawed. Furthermore I do not know enough about other health care systems to make any educated comparisons between them and America's system. But that brings me to my question. If the American health care system is so deeply flawed (which again I think is the case), why are so many foreigners, including the head of Canada's health care system, coming to America for surgery? This is a genuine question not a rhetorical point.
Are the flaws with America's medical system primarily matters of economics and equality and not quality of service? And if the quality of service in America, especially for the high-end operation is better than other countries, why is that so, and how are the proposed health reforms going affect that quality?


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2 comments:

  1. The head of Canada's healthcare system is federal Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq. She is, according to news reports, in Ottawa.

    The Canadian who went to America for healthcare is the Premier of Newfoundland, Danny Williams.

    I don't think anyone would deny that for the very rich, American healthcare is fantastic, likely the best in the world. Williams is one such person.

    What makes the Canadian system superior is the breadth of its access. All Canadians have health insurance and they pay far less for it than Americans.

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  2. What is the meaning of the title 'BLIND MEN AND ELEPHANT FIS' at the head of this page?

    rmk/akron

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