The Premier of the Canadian provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador came to the U.S. for a special form of heart surgery. In Canada, his only choices given his condition were procedures that would have required breaking his ribs. In America, he underwent an advanced procedure that allowed his heart condition to be surgically fixed through an incision that did not require breaking bones and allowed him to return to work more quickly.
This decision is not an indictment of the Canadian national health system, but rather a positive reflection of the tremendous American system. The Premier’s statement about his decision also has the sound of a rallying cry. “This was my heart, my choice, and my health,” he said. We should all be happy that the United States offers such health care choices, and leery of proposals that might eliminate those choices.