Saturday, June 27, 2009

What? Canada Health Care System couldn't take care of newborn??? I am Shocked!!!

I cannot believe this story.....


HAMILTON — A critically-ill premature-born baby from Hamilton is all alone in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital after she was turned away for treatment at local facility and transferred across the border without her parents, who don't have passports.
Ava Stinson was born Thursday at St. Joseph's Hospital, 14 weeks premature.
A provincewide search for an open neonatal intensive care unit bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two pound, four ounce baby to Buffalo.

Now let's think this through.  Hamilton has a population of 750,000...  But has no open neonatal bed...  Hamilton is over 70 miles from Buffalo...  But just over 40 miles from toronto. Toronto has a population of 2.5 million, but no open bed...  The greater Toronto area is 25 percent of the total population of Canada, but no open bed....

Yet Buffalo did.  Buffalo is the first major city you get to coming out of Canada from Hamilton.  They didn't have to fly into the heart of America to get the care, they just had to cross the border.

Yet people still want that system here...

Via Memeorandum - A north of the border perspective....

I won't get into the relative merits of the American and Canadian health-care systems here. Suffice it to say that there obviously need to be more neo-natal intensive care unit beds up here. Thankfully -- and this doesn't mean that the American system is better (after all, at least the couple and their baby are guaranteed care up here, thanks to our public system, even if it's not perfect) -- there was an opening south of the border.

Such utter crap....  then in the comments...

Neo-natal care for a premature infant? Why doesn't every hospital in North America have specialized equipment costing millions for use in rare cases, which in most communities will almost never happen? Maybe if Canada had some fine American style Republicans to give them millions of uninsured citizens, but at least you can enjoy the tax cuts, if you were rich.
Nice rant... "rare" huh?  Well we better get used to that term, because it will be rare to get good service in the USA once we adopt a system similiar to Canada's.

1 comment:

GreyFlcn said...

Which sounds horrible.

Until you realize USA has a significantly worse neonatal, and infant mortality rate than Canada.

But hey, don't let a silly thing like Facts get in the way of your ideology, right?

http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/parenting/05/08/mothers.index/

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2091rank.html