Stupid question time

Posted: February 28, 2011 by aliceaitch in Nanny State, Stupid Question Time

If the Canadian health care system is so gosh-darned spiffy, why does a baby have to be sent to the United States for a tracheotomy?

Oh, this doesn’t have to do with quality of care, it just has to do with Canada’s socialized medical system refusing to perform an operation that would allow a baby to come home to die (after ultimately living a longer life) instead of dying in a hospital?  That makes things perfectly clear.  Because surely it’s a cost-saving measure.  I’m sure that the $1693 cost of a tracheotomy is more than the cost of keeping the kid in the ICU until he croaks.  And I’m sure the extra security the hospital is having to shell out for doesn’t cost $1693.  This would have nothing to do with “euthanizing” a wanted child, I’m sure.

This is all so perfectly clear now.  Thanks for answering my question!

Comments
  1. Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder says:

    When the US hospital system is socialized and government run, where will the canadians go? Every time someone tells me they support Obamacare i ask, “Why do you hate canada?”

  2. doubleplusundead says:

    This is exactly why socialist medicine will never work in the US, hospitals are going to have to be locked down like Fort Knox, because Americans don’t take no for an answer very well.

  3. Veeshir says:

    Look for a whole new class of crimes and criminals as Americans freak out over crappy, Cuba-style healthcare.

    Sure when Denzel does it it’s cute, but wait until Harry-Joe Tea Partier does it.

  4. MikeD says:

    The real question that Alice asked (and no one has yet answered) is why the baby would need to be sent to Michigan for a tracheotomy in the first place? Does no one in Canada know how to perform this radical new medical procedure that was only developed a mere 5600 years ago ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tracheotomy )?

    • Veeshir says:

      Just be grateful they didn’t decide to do a little trepanning.

    • aliceaitch says:

      They know how to do it, they’re just refusing. And the Michigan hospital won’t take the kid because they know the Canadian hospital is perfectly capable of such a simple procedure.

      Hell, I’d argue that at least a couple of us have watched enough medical shows that we could do it with a pocketknife and a ball-point pen.

  5. Jay in Ames says:

    hmm, sure sounds like a “death panel” to me. No, you can’t have a tracheotomy, because it won’t help.

    Yeah, that’ll never happen here, will it?

  6. […] when those mountains are Canadian socialized medicine. If you recall, our neighbors to the north refused to perform a tracheotomy to prolong the life of a baby their heal… Against the “strongest possible medical advice” from experts in Canada, the U.S. and […]

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