The Canadians Can’t Get Enough of American Health Care
Canadians like to dismiss America’s health care system, claiming that their system ensures coverage for everyone. Apparently everyone except those sent to the U.S. to be treated. Reports Toronto’s Globe and Mail (subscription required):
More than 400 Canadians in the full throes of a heart attack or other cardiac emergency have been sent to the United States because no hospital can provide the lifesaving care they require here. Most of the heart patients who have been sent south since 2003 typically show up in Ontario hospitals, where they are given clot-busting drugs. If those drugs fail to open their clogged arteries, the scramble to locate angioplasty in the United States begins.