Sunday, August 19, 2007

Human gestation period surprises Canadian health adminstrators

On these pages two years ago yesterday, I commented on my experience with Canadian health care in a post titled Ob-Gyns with 10 Month Waiting Lists. We now have an example.

Fortunately for Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia Jepp, the US still offers a safety valve for Canada's socialized health care system:

A Canadian woman has given birth to extremely rare identical quadruplets.

The four girls were born at a US hospital because there was no space available at Canadian neonatal intensive care units.

Karen Jepp and her husband JP, of Calgary, were taken to a Montana hospital where the girls were delivered two months early by Caesarean section.

...A medical team and space for the babies had been organised for the Jepp family at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary but several other babies were born unexpectedly early, filling the neonatal intensive care unit.

Health officials said they checked every other neonatal intensive care unit in Canada but none had space.
Emphasis mine.

Mark Steyn sums it up:

Well, you can't expect a G7 economy of only 30 million people to be able to offer the same level of neonatal ICU coverage as a town of 50,000 in remote rural Montana. And let's face it, there's nothing an expectant mom likes more than 300 miles in a bumpy twin prop over the Rockies.
When airlines overbook seats, so that customers who have already paid are "bumped," Americans get upset; yet we listen to Hillary Clinton advocating the same system for medical care?

1 comment:

RightMichigan.com said...

The best part is, there's an entire radical wing of a major political party who hold these examples up as some sort of magical solution.

Run on socialized medicine, Hillary. Please.

--Nick
www.RightMichigan.com