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    Post Canadian Premier comes to US to have surgery

    Guess he didn't get the memo that our healthcare system sucks, eh?

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/can...Yz_6_b-gsGGDxA

    An unapologetic Danny Williams says he was aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but he concluded his personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.

    In an interview with The Canadian Press, Williams said he went to Miami to have a "minimally invasive" surgery for an ailment first detected nearly a year ago, based on the advice of his doctors.

    "This was my heart, my choice and my health," Williams said late Monday from his condominium in Sarasota, Fla.

    "I did not sign away my right to get the best possible health care for myself when I entered politics."
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    Ummm how is this news? Don't we have some of the best doctors here? Coming here for a doctor has little to do witht eh health care system and much more to do with finding the best doctor for the procedure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Ummm how is this news? Don't we have some of the best doctors here? Coming here for a doctor has little to do witht eh health care system and much more to do with finding the best doctor for the procedure.

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    He wanted it done ASAP without the criticism of skipping those on the wait list. There's a reason the US has the best doctors in the world, it's because they don't have the government dictating what/when/how they can do their job. Universal gets forced through and the quality of doctors in the field will suffer.

    "I wanted to get in, get out fast, get back to work in a short period of time," the premier said.

    Williams said he didn't announce his departure south of the border because he didn't want to create "a media gong show," but added that criticism would've followed him had he chose to have surgery in Canada.

    "I would've been criticized if I had stayed in Canada and had been perceived as jumping a line or a wait list. ... I accept that. That's public life," he said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrazen View Post
    Guess he didn't get the memo that our healthcare system sucks, eh?

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/can...Yz_6_b-gsGGDxA
    You mean as compared to the millions living below the border who have none.

    He went to Florida to have special heart surgery that was offered no where else. Much less invasive than any other. He will be well enough to attend Newfoundland Day at the Olympics. That should say something for it.

    Beside, look at the weather in Florida compared to anywhere in Canada. He also has the money to pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrazen View Post
    There's a reason the US has the best doctors in the world, it's because they don't have the government dictating what/when/how they can do their job.
    I doubt thats the reason we have the best. HMOs and exclusive deals through companies dictate to our doctors.

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    Maybe we need the best docs because we're so unhealthy as compared to the rest of the modern world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JawZ View Post
    Maybe we need the best docs because we're so unhealthy as compared to the rest of the modern world.

    Still, of the 15 countries on the list the U.S came out on top when measuring infant mortality rate. The country also has the second-highest healthy life expectancy. What's more, air pollution is relatively low, and the U.S. boasts one of the world's lowest TB rates.


    http://www.forbes.com/2008/04/07/hea...peed=undefined

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybotron r_9 View Post

    We were 11 on the list. 10 other countries, some of them with socialized healthcare systems fared much better than the US.

    Also, as the Forbes article so eloquently put it...

    The U.S. spends over 15% of its gross domestic product on health care--with little to show for it. In 2006, almost 16% of the population lacked health insurance.

    You left that part out of your post. Bad on you.

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    I am amazed at how some don't get fired up about bogus intel regarding a war and yet they act like you pissed in their cornflakes and made them eat it when it comes to Universal Health Care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    I am amazed at how some don't get fired up about bogus intel regarding a war and yet they act like you pissed in their cornflakes and made them eat it when it comes to Universal Health Care.
    What is so wrong with Universal Health Care?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacklab View Post
    What is so wrong with Universal Health Care?
    I'm the wrong person to ask. I actually support it. The point I was making is people seem to have their priorities all out of whack.

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    If he has the money to spend to get better treatment down south, then by all means go down south. means the tax payers in Canada don't have to foot the bill.

    I rather get good free health care then have the best care money can buy and have to pay for it the rest of my life. I see all these stories of people who have heart attacks and end up losing there house cause they lose there jobs and are no longer covered by there medical insurance down in the states.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightowl View Post
    I see all these stories of people who have heart attacks and end up losing there house cause they lose there jobs and are no longer covered by there medical insurance down in the states.
    An all to common problem here. Honestly, I am open for differing ideas, but the current system is beyond a joke. People shouldn't have to worry how they will pay the bills because they get sick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JawZ View Post
    We were 11 on the list. 10 other countries, some of them with socialized healthcare systems fared much better than the US.

    Also, as the Forbes article so eloquently put it...




    You left that part out of your post. Bad on you.


    I left alot of things out of my post, didn't think I needed to cut and paste the whole article.

    yep, almost 16% of the population lacked health insurance.

    Despite the fact that an estimated 47 million Americans lack health insurance, the U.S . ranked 11.

    That means that despite 47 million without health insurance

    the U.S came out on top when measuring infant mortality rate. The country also has the second-highest healthy life expectancy. What's more, air pollution is relatively low, and the U.S. boasts one of the world's lowest TB rates.
    does that sound so unhealthy? Not to me it doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roody View Post
    An all to common problem here. Honestly, I am open for differing ideas, but the current system is beyond a joke. People shouldn't have to worry how they will pay the bills because they get sick.
    oh i see, so make the USA a socialist country and have me pay for people who can't learn to save money and take care of themselves, sure thing bud

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    Quote Originally Posted by cybotron r_9 View Post
    I left alot of things out of my post, didn't think I needed to cut and paste the whole article.

    yep, almost 16% of the population lacked health insurance.




    That means that despite 47 million without health insurance



    does that sound so unhealthy? Not to me it doesn't.

    LOL...dead is dead dude. Health is measured by the living...and millions of folks live with chronic illness. My great grandma had CHF for nearly 20 years...and she died at the ripe old age of 98. Would you call that healthy?

    If we really want to cut healthcare costs...stop making your sick ass in demand!!!!!!!!!!

    Supply and demand right? Let's focus on how to prevent illness rather than treat it.

    We treat the sick and injured...not dead babies or dead adults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark View Post
    oh i see, so make the USA a socialist country and have me pay for people who can't learn to save money and take care of themselves, sure thing bud

    People need to learn how NOT to become sick...NOT save money. This is why we are so screwed up and polarized.

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