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Canadian Health Care KILLS

Let’s see if we can’t tally up the scandals in this story.  First, instead of rushing Pankow into surgery, doctors waited more than two weeks to decide whether he was “surgery worthy.”  Obviously, this was not a medical decision, as the Mayo Clinic didn’t take two weeks to make a medical decision on Pankow.

Next, Pankow returns to Canada to continue his treatment, having saved Alberta the $106,000 cost of surgery by bearing it himself, and asks for a cancer drug that is fully covered for other forms of the disease.  In his case, though, the government won’t provide it.  Why?  Not because doctors don’t believe it to be safe or effective, but because government bureaucrats decided to leave it off the list.  Nor is that the end of bureaucratic bungling.  After CTV aired a segment on the plight of the Pankows, the Federal Health Minister claimed that Health Canada wasn’t the problem, while Alberta’s provincial health minister insists that the problem is at the national level.  Instead of treating Pankow, he’s getting the bureaucratic runaround.

via Another tale of government-run health-care success.

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