Canadian Politician Explains Surgery in US

A while back there was a bit of a fuss over the fact that a Canadian politician abandoned the esteemed socialized medical system of Canadia to come to the US for heart surgery. Well, Danny Williams has defended his actions, and that defense is based upon a simple fact: the health care available in America is better than in Canada.

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.”

Ouch. That’s got to sting, Canada.

His doctors in Canada presented him with two options – a full or partial sternotomy, both of which would’ve required breaking bones, he said.

He said he spoke with and provided his medical information to a leading cardiac surgeon in New Jersey who is also from Newfoundland and Labrador. He advised him to seek treatment at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.

That’s where he was treated by Dr. Joseph Lamelas, a cardiac surgeon who has performed more than 8,000 open-heart surgeries.

Williams said Lamelas made an incision under his arm that didn’t require any bone breakage.

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

So in America, you can get better service, faster. Well, we’d better rush to emulate that Canadian system!

Comments William Teach at Right Wing News:

Sounds like a better decision, eh? Of course, he has to say nice things about how great! the Canadian system is, but, when push came to shove, which system did he opt for? The one which would have put him in a long line and broken bones, the one which uses older methods, or the one which could take care of him quickly, cleanly, and with the latest in techniques? Exactly.

Yeah, let’s get on that socialized medicine bandwagon. After all, everyone else does it! Unless they can get here instead.

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