Cody Williams, a Chicago physician, writes in today’s New York Post how the Obama-Goal of a socialized medicine may have played a role in the death of actress Natasha Richardson, who died last week in Canada from a simple injury easily treatable in the United States.
Williams writes, in part:
Canadian health care de-emphasizes widespread dissemination of technology like CT scanners and quick access to specialists like neurosurgeons.
Richardson died of an epidural hematoma — a bleeding artery between the skull and brain that compresses and ultimately causes fatal brain damage via pressure buildup. With prompt diagnosis by CT scan, and surgery to drain the blood, most patients survive.
Do you consider the possible decline in Access, level, and technology used in medical care when you think of Universal Healthcare?
First, let me say I don’t know if I agree with all of this article, but it DOES bring to light how the technology, access and level of care is different in socialized medicine nations and how we in the us are the leaders in medical technology, but it comes at a cost.
Another QUESTION: Would you be willing to stick with the current medical system in the US if you could opt out of expensive technologolical procedures to lower your costs?
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:38 AM on Mar. 27, 2009
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:51 AM on Mar. 27, 2009
I saw that last night too, itsmesteph. Very interesting, especially in light of all of the pro-UHC responses I have seen on this site. I don't like the idea of UHC, but I do think we need some sort of health care reform.
The second question you ask is interesting grly. I know that you can get major medical coverage, but I have to wonder how it would work in the reverse. Many people don't face major medical issues, but can be nickle and dimed to death with lesser invasive procedures. I will have to think on that a while.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:02 AM on Mar. 27, 2009
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Answer by heatherama at 11:07 AM on Mar. 27, 2009
My uncle had a similar injury after a ski trip. He had crap insurance but was flown by helicopter to a hospital that could do the procedure needed to save his life. He is alive and well and wears a helmet when he skis now. I do believe her death would have been prevented had she been in a country where things like helicopters are common for hospitals to have access to in even smaller towns. Such a tragedy for her family especially knowing she should be alive.
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