Sunday, August 19, 2007

Born in the U.S.A.

Calgary Herald reported A rare set of identical quadruplets, born this week to a Calgary woman at a Montana hospital, are in good health and two of them were strong enough to be transported back here Thursday. The naturally conceived baby girls -- Autumn, Brooke, Calissa and Dahlia -- were delivered by caesarean section Sunday in Great Falls, their weights ranging between two pounds, six ounces and two pounds, 15 ounces. Their mother, Calgarian Karen Jepp, was transferred to Benefis Hospital in Montana last week when she began showing signs of going into labour, and no Canadian hospital had enough neonatal intensive-care beds for all four babies.
Fortunately for the quads, the US does not have National Health Care. Yet.
Don Surber blogged I’m sure most Canadians like their health system. Just remember, though, that Canada’s backup system is in Montana. Americans spend 15% of their income on health care. That’s why Great Falls has enough neo-natal units to handle quadruple births — and a “universal health” nation doesn’t.

Kate blogged I thought today would be a good time to revisit my 2005 piece on zero-tier health care for newer readers to SDA. Saskatchewan spends $4 billion a year on health - 44% of the total provincial budget - on a population of under one million, and those dollars are increasingly directed to more centralized systems of delivery. While debate about "wait times" tends to revolve around diagnostics and scheduling of surgery (especially "elective" surgery such as knee and hip replacement), few consider the "wait time" facing the farmer in Val Marie with a crushed pelvis or severed artery.... Discussing the abysmal quality of care my mother received with a friend who works in the bureaucracy, I suggested that the imbalance might be partially restored through a holdback system, in which a percentage of wages or fees would be released only upon patient or family signoff - in the way that holdbacks are used in the construction industry to ensure the job is well and truly complete. She disagreed with the idea, for, as she correctedly argued, "Some people might withhold payment unfairly." To which I replied; "Welcome to the world the rest of us live in."

Merv blogged In a growing American city where the free market is allowed to work there would be no trouble getting hospital beds for a growing population. But, in Canada with rationed health care, you can't even get in for an emergency delivery of babies. Congratulations to the Jepps and boos for Canadian socialized medicine.

Kim Priestap blogged Question: where would have Mrs. Jepps given birth if America and her vastly more accessible health care system weren't available right next door? If the US goes to a universal health care system, we, too, will find ourselves with a government that has a limited amount of money to spend on health care and, therefore, limited space

Mark Steyn blogged 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.


Anonymous said...

As to the question of where people will go if the USA goes to the same system as Canada has - The answer is obvious. According to Michael Moore, Cuba has a cheap first class healthcare system. Everyone knows MM would never lie to us.

juandos said...

Oh now A @ 6:58 p.m. don't you think people would flock to those lovely Cuban medical accomodations ?...LOL!