Canadian Politician Comes to America for Cancer Operation; Eschews Socialism for Herself, But Still Good Enough for the Common BeaverPosted in Bolder When It's Colder, Studies in Socialism by: admin
Apparently the “free” healthcare wasn’t up to par (And I do have to mention that it’s not fair that Canada’s politicians are allowed to be attractive, apparently, while we get Nancy Pelosi.).
Liberal MP Belinda Stronach, who is battling breast cancer, travelled to California last June for an operation that was recommended as part of her treatment, says a report. We of course wish her all the best in her recovery, and hope that she can take this new-found respect for the US medical system back to her political career, instead of the vitriolic rhetoric that has otherwise dominated Canada’s view of the US system.
Stronach’s spokesman, Greg MacEachern, told the Toronto Star that the MP for Newmarket-Aurora had a “later-stage” operation in the U.S. after a Toronto doctor referred her.
“Belinda had one of her later-stage operations in California, after referral from her personal physicians in Toronto. Prior to this, Belinda had surgery and treatment in Toronto, and continues to receive follow-up treatment there,” said MacEachern. Great that she had the slice and dice part of the treatment done in Canada, as she could have had done with equal skill/care in any other third world country (See what I did there?), but it was the difficult, technical part of the procedure that needed the skill/efficiency of incentivized physicians in a for-profit hospital in the US.
Stronach, who announced last April she would be leaving politics before the next election, paid for the surgery in the U.S., reports the Star.
While it is rare for MPs to seek treatment outside Canada, MacEachern said Stronach was not lacking confidence in the system.
“In fact, Belinda thinks very highly of the Canadian health-care system, and uses it when needed for herself and her children, as do all Canadians. As well, her family has clearly demonstrated that support,” MacEachern told the Star.
Right. And I trust the dinner my 4 year old cooked for me, and when I eat it and sneeze into my napkin it is only because I really enjoy the taste better from a short distance away.